Pixelated artwork – black portrait – Monalisa in shadow
Pixel art is undoubtedly a form of digital art. A pixel, which represents a specific color, is the smallest uniform element of an image displayed on electronic devices such as computer screens, iPads, or phones. With pixels, artists can create intricate and detailed images, incorporating color transitions, tones, and gradients. The most captivating images are those that are rich in detail, allowing our gaze to wander through their composition in suspense, eagerly anticipating the discovery of interesting forms or harmonious colors. However, it is important to note that while images are composed of pixels, we do not want to see them. When pixels are visible, it indicates poor resolution, which is a disadvantage that we strive to avoid. Therefore, pixelated art is not desirable in this context.
This black woman portrait is not a digital image but a physical artwork created using the monotype technique on paper. The overall structure of this composition resembles the arrangement of pixels in a low-resolution image. I deliberately made this choice to bring pixel art to paper, offering viewers an alternative to digital images and allowing them to experience pixels beyond the confines of electronic displays. Whether I have succeeded in this endeavour is subjective and up to individual judgment. Nevertheless, this monotype was meticulously crafted in my studio using printing inks, which were applied with a roller onto the matrix. The assistance of a graphic press was invaluable, as its roller meticulously ran over the artwork multiple times. The end result is a pixelated artwork, devoid of actual pixels. This kind of pixelated paintings emerged in my studio. So this Black women is not alone, she has many companions portrayed within a serie.