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THROUGH THE IRIS

Armin Mersmann's avatar Armin Mersmann

Through the Iris II, III,” IV, drawings in graphite. Two are 18” x 18" and one is 18” x 36” I have been fascinated by drawing the human figure and face for forty years; in the last five the eye alone has intrigued me. I marvel at aging skin and the breadth of textures within the human face that gives a hint of a life lived. The clarity and structure of the Iris and the multitude of imperfection on the human face continues to be a challenge, especially at this scale. My goal as a realist is to understand complexities and details; my interest is how the human eyes perceives not how a camera sees, I transform not just translate what I am observing. I look at small particulars of a person that cannot be seen or deciphered by the cameras, I delete, enhance, elaborate, exaggerate, alter and reinvent, and I do this by filtering this vision through my own psyche. When I complete the work, I develop an understanding of the subject that's both universal and deeply personal.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 1 inch
  • Medium: graphite
  • Width: 9 feet
  • Year created: 2013
  • Height: 4 feet