Michael Hoppen Gallery
To be Inspired
In order to inspire you, something must first move you. To move you, it must first touch you. This unique assignment required me to find inspiration in two different artworks, only one of which could be a photograph. Using these two artworks as starting point, I had to either interpret, subvert or deconstruct to create five original and creative images of my own.
My first inspiration was the song “Lyin’ Eyes” by the The Eagles. This is one of my favourite songs of all time and I was particularly touched by the line “There ain’t no way to hide your lying eyes”.
For a while I struggled to find another source of inspiration. Then we visited the exhibition “About Colour” by Sarah Moon and I found my muse. I was truly moved and inspired by all the images and in particular by the photographic style of the artist. The images are painting-like, grainy and with soft focus. My best way to describe them would be a modern interpretation, in colour, of Pictorialism.
I chose to interpret the line “There ain’t no way to hide your lying eyes” with my own version of Sarah Moon’s photographic style.
With special thanks to my models Gillain Berry, Marjolaine Costé, Brigitte Gonesh, Katerina Panagiotopoulou and Pamela Winkel, I ask you: are any of these lyin eyes?