I’m going through a mannerist period. The composition, colours and most notably the proportions are all heightened and distorted. The use of different media (acrylic, conté pastel, coloured pencils, oil paint thinned with liquin and various glitters) add to the sensory overload.
The pose of the model with skeleton looming in front of their reflected selves made me think of Jean Cocteau’s film Orpheus (one of my teenage top 10 ten films, mirrors, death at one’s shoulder etc).
After the initial life painting session, fabric was drawn from life in the studio, a still from Visconti’s The Damned featuring Charlotte Rampling was used for the head, a frame for the mirror was embellished, a blank canvas filled the right of the picture and the cat was added.
George the cat has not been well recently so it seemed a nice gesture to have in the picture.