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Martha Zmpounou

Martha Zmpounou’s ‘Face and Figure studies’ series, revolves around the idea of the portrait as a means and space of exposure. It seeks to subvert the apparent glorification in portraiture and invoke the fragmentary and the discursive. By using a colorful mix of water based media and working from the fashion and pop culture, masking and layering are deployed to create figures whose identities emerge out of a play of hiding and revealing. I seek to create fragmented and grotesque portraits that touch upon the misinterpretation of the human figure in media and evoke the undermining of the idolized personas that are portrayed, balancing between beauty and repulsion.