For our final assignment I will be exploring the cultral trend of beards and why men have them. Just as each man differs from one another, so does their beards differ. A man’s beard can say a lot about the man underneath all that hair. Grooming and maintaining, or lack of, is a statement on its own and reflects their owner. I will be narrowing down on local modern artists, and how their low or high maintained beards represents them.
I will be taking photos of various male artists who have distinguishable facial hair. Then drawing from the photos only the hair on their heads and face of each male. I also want each to be even more individualistic, so I will get each artist to do a quick drawing based on what do they associate beards with. I will then take their drawings and mine and cut them out. Their drawing will fill in the negative space where their skin, eyes, and mouth would be.
I would then collage each image and chine colle them to pieces of wood. Wood reflects the ruggedness and natural aspects of a beard, and usually any artist with a beard loves the natural look of wood and has a favorite type. The type of wood is left up to each individual being another aspect of who they are.
They will be hung on the wall in a linear form. The size of each will be around the average size of a portrait photograph (8.5″ x 11″). With this final assignment I am wanting to go out on a fun and positive note and in honour of Movember. 🙂
-The Man Who Paints Men with Beards — Q&A with Aaron Smith
– Joseph O’Leary’s “Of Beards and Men”
-Mumford and Sons
-Old Crow Medicine Show