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Re-Imagining 1

Re-Imagining 1:
Edvard Munch, The Voice


2011
Inkjet on watercolour paper
90 x 67.5 cm

The choice of the 1893 Edvard Munch painting, The Voice, (also known as Summer Night's Dream) for the first of the Re-Imaginings series was guided both by the desire for a compositionally simple image and by my fondness of the artist's work.
Although the requirement for an easy project was driven by technical considerations -- this is the first instance where I had used a true 3D model figure which was carefully posed -- the simplicity of Munch's concept proved quite hard to translate.
A real world counterpart had to be found for the painting's roughly blocked in vegetation, and ferns seemed appropriate both visually and as representative of the mystery and solitude of the forest. It also became clear that emphasising the vertical elements of the composition -- the figure and the trees -- and contrasting them with horizontals of the beach and the horizon line would not only strengthen the composition, but give the image more psychological weight.
The lighting was also problematic; a dark forest understory backlit by the midnight sun would lead to a dull and toneless colour palette which, although theoretically correct, would be unacceptable. The solution, a 'cheat' of using a subtle fill light indicated that in future the Re-Imaginings series of prints would have to be as much about re-invention as digital recreation.

Edvard Munch, The Voice: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston