“With every interaction, people mask their true personality
or only offer a glimpse but what if this pretense were stripped away?”
30 Second Portraits
The experience is as quick as photography but a sketched image by hand eliminates the machine from the exchange.
One human rapidly records another, without a camera, film, or editing. Murielle does portraits in 30 seconds, sketching while only looking into the eyes of her subject. The interaction is extremely powerful and the finished piece lingers as a testament to those thirty seconds in time.
They are haunting images, seemingly ancient black strokes. Disjointed, blocky visages radiate the essence of a living being.
A few inspired words grace each portrait with keen truth. Her mediums include charcoal, paint, and ink. The act of creation almost seems like a birth, powerful to record, a slight pain to render.
The connection can almost be said to be momentarily frightening and freeing. Finally, one meets someone, eye to eye, directly without words or noise.