Beneath the Surface: Recent Works by Charity Henderson explores various psychological states through mixed media paintings of the human face. With blurred, fragmented edges and faded areas, these portrait-style works question the complexities of emotional concealment, thought, and identity.
Henderson works on translucent materials such as mylar, Denril, and Dura-lar, which accentuate the impression of an obscured or hidden sensibility. Both sides of these surfaces are developed, with charcoal, graphite, or colored pencil on one side and oil paint on the other. The painted side of the work is then blurred and scraped with brushes. This layered, dissolving process hints at a complicated psychology.