In my first Pairings artwork, comprised of historical painted portraits, I have chosen a mixture of portraits by famous painters, of well-known sitters, and more obscure works. For this slideshow comprised of over 300 pairings, I have employed a variety of editing techniques on these portraits including cropping them, reversing their directions, changing their tonalities, and adding/subtracting to their backgrounds. This preview of four minutes long is from the over two hour looped movie that plays behind matching gold frames.
Inspired by the Renaissance wedding portrait convention of husband and wife painted separately and hung next to each other, these juxtapositions of strangers are intended to make the viewer wonder about what is the implied relationship between the two individuals: lovers, spouses, cousins, boss/employee, enemies or just friends. What emotions do they feel for each other: affection, boredom, contempt, or nonchalance. And what their lives together would have been like.