This series uses projection photography---a technique that originated in the 1960s with the work of John French, in which photographic images are projected onto a model. For this series, images of the paintings of Wassily Kandinsky and Mark Rothko were projected, using a mini-beamer, onto a model, Maya, who posed against a light background.
Wassily Kandinsky (1866 –1944) was a Russian painter and art theorist. He thought that a painting should have the same emotional impact on the viewer as does a piece of music. He also believed that color could be used in a painting as something autonomous, apart from the visual description of an object. Kandinsky sought to convey profound spirituality and the depth of human emotion through a universal visual language of abstract forms and colors.
Mark Rothko (1903-1970) was an American painter of Latvian descent. His iconic color field, multiform works feature stacks of vibrant rectangles that are intended to express “big emotions.” Rothko himself described these paintings as self-contained units of human expression. For him, these blurred blocks of various colors, devoid of landscape or the human figure, possessed their own life force. He even went so far as to recommend that viewers position themselves as little as eighteen inches away from the canvas so that they might experience a sense of intimacy, as well as awe, and a sense of the unknown.