Gry Hege Rinaldo
My work deals with the female body and different states of mind.
The reason for using the female body as the subject matter is that I find it crucial to identify with my own work, using myself and others as models.
The models I use function as tools to express states of mind which are of a universal character, -recognized by women and men alike.
I take photographs of the model and use them as sketches and source-material for
my paintings and drawings. My work is not of a photorealistic character; I don`t
fully use the qualities of the photograph. However, it`s all staged in a theatrical
manner with strong light sometimes cast on certain parts of the body.
I find my work linked both to the traditional and the contemporary representation
of the nude. Traditional in the way I use the human form as the subject, and the way
I handle the painted and the drawn surface. Contemporary in the way I pose the
model`s body, the perspective and the cropping - and also that the nude is expressing
a certain temperament and individuality which avoids a situation where the woman
becomes just an object.