Mia Franks

Below is the written explanation of the artist’s Sustained Investigation. To view the full images and details of each piece, click/tap on the thumbnail.

As a lover of hyper-realism, I desired to create pieces that left the viewer in awe of the intricate details. I chose hands as a base, as they are not only unique to each individual, but reect a person’s activities, culture, and experiences. I wanted to further expand upon the base and add a layer of texture. My inquires were: How can I showcase texture in a convincing way? How can I emphasize the connection between a person and a texture.

I started by finding a texture to reflect my chosen person. I combined water with my mom(10), and jewelry with Reia(4), however, I felt these textures were blending into the hands. I decided to pick textures with higher contrast such as glue and paint first, and then match a person to them. These textures in pieces 2, 6, 7, and 8, forced me to use more white charcoal, creating more tension and balanced pieces.

In order to further play with texture, I decided to have my pieces range in size from 18×18 down to 5×5 in order to determine which sizes best conveyed texture and individuality. I thought larger would mean greater realism, but I found that magnication (2, 8) can have a large impact on the outcome of texture in the piece.