Faces and bodies
Pénélope Selhausen-Kosinski, 2017-2021
I don't try to copy facial features, but rather try to render character's personality traits ... I don't know if it's an artist's thing or if I'm just not a good physiognomist.
My body resembles an old, decayed, uncomfortable shell; by means of a black marker pen, I can dislocate it, or give it magical powers, distort it as I may, like an obedient puppet.
My mother always advised me not to start with hands if I wanted to learn how to draw. But I've never wanted to learn how to draw, and hands have been my only subjects for a long time, although they were looking more like crab claws. Drawing a hand gives me the same childish pleasure as stroking a cat or coloring without going beyond the lines. They are the only body parts which harmonize angular and curved with such linearity.
My hands, on paper, are thin, disproportionate, strangely long.
I wouldn't want to know how to draw hands,
for anything in the world.