I have been planning to re-appropriate and contextualize a self-portrait from the past. For now I have mostly been researching certain techniques, including cutting away canvas and collage imagery. I have only touched the painting a few times, as I begin to prepare myself for a series of planned maneuvers about the canvas. If I do end up cutting away or adding things to the canvas, they will be incorporated very strategically.
I started by taking photography of myself, the model, so I have something to reference. My main focus is to capture a specific mood of the scene through the imagery and the artistic elements such as perspective and value.
In essence, with this painting, I am trying to depict a struggle or an attempt to break through a struggle however one remains literally rooted to their background.
I am thinking about the power of the chain.
I am also concerned with using a single light source to create mood. I am studying many Baroque artists such as Caravaggio. In works like the image below, the light itself seems to create a narrative.