The representation of the human face in art is one of my most
favourite creative subjects. I have been continually working
on this theme and
implementing it into many pieces of art work. The works are like
a record of my friends, acquaintances, family, and relatives,
depending on the occasion.
When recalling of my acquaintances, their faces immediately come
to me. Then, I gradually recall their behaviour and their life
faces are filled with expressions that convey a variety of feelings
from happiness, fun, calmness, to sadness. I can see them in
many postures and with the many faces they have mode. All in
all, we can read their mind from the expression on their face.
Some people are able to conceal their feelings inside even though
they are in grief. This is because they know how to suppress
Even their face can be mode to show no real feelings. The reason
why some people do not express their true feelings is that they
are not certain about the situation and circumstances and feel
insecure. They do not trust the environment and people so it
is safer to conceal their real feelings. But as soon as they
can feel the presence of a sense of trustfulness and sincerity,
their true feelings will be immediately shown on their face.
On the other hand, faces can be mode and disguised to entice
and lie to people. A face may say one thing but the real feeling
inside is the opposite. In this case, the expression on a person's
face can also be a lie.
I have depicted human faces since I become on art student, I
started practicing drawing human figures from a model sculpture
of a stranger. I did not know him but I tried to make him alive
even though he was just a plaster model. Later I drew a real
man. I could see his wrinkles that show his passage of time and
hard life. The faces of models were stern and stiff, They did
not express their real feelings because they were hired to be
models. On the contrary, having a direct contact with real people
in my life, talking to them, sharing stories with them, I find
their faces different from those of models. Their faces are full
of life and emotions and they are the faces that I am interested
in. Sometimes I record my feelings towards those faces in my
mind. I also sketched the faces if I had time and recreate them
This exhibition shows the faces from my recollections, memories
and old sketches. I feel that some forces today have changed
from the ones that I
have seen and impressed. This is a matter of time. But I still
remember and miss those faces even now, However, the lost three
collections that I make in 2000 and 2001 are special because
they are depictions of life in the new millennium. So I collect
and called them "Faces in the New Millennium" as they
belong to this period.
I use many different techniques in the depiction of all faces
depending on story and the purpose in my mind. I painted on canvas,
wood board, aluminium sheets and assemble with other materials.
This collection of faces in 2000-2001 is a creative work that
consists of many stories. They originate from my personal records
in different times. Each period signifies each of my state of
thoughts. I hope these faces con represent my thoughts and reactions
toward these different periods.