THE HAND. Mixed media on wood. 61×40 cm.
The working on the board surface (approx. 2 cm. thick) has begun by making holes and incisions, glueing different pieces of wood, pebbles and twigs, and also applying acrylic paint mixed with marble dust. A strip around the piece has been nailed and glued and the whole surface has been painted in greyish colors (2).
After that, acrylic paint has been applied (diluted with acrylic lacquer) ‘flooding’ a little the bucket formed by the wood and the trim. Finally, some details have been retouched with color (1).
The composition is based on a small sketch (25×17 cm.)(3) which is a photograph from a magazine manipulated with paint (ocher , black and white acrylic colors). This draft plays with the shocking effect of the distinction between the layer of ocher paint and the photographic fragments revealed. In fact, we could imagine taking off this color mask and reconstruct the original image from the photo fragments that remain visible.
When working on the bas-relief, a few items have been disregarded and others have been strengthened, such as the rectangle on the top left and the reptile on the bottom (which did not exist in the picture, but made it appear with the ocher staining around and adding two white dots for eyes).