I’m always thinking about how to portray abstract figures that tell stories. I continually think of Paul Klee’s work and try to imagine placing rounded heads with geometric features; angular, querying block heads among tweeting birds; or stick figures in some kind of Rube Goldberg invention, in a variegated, muted, textured background.
Of course I wish to include my own iconography in this visual narrative. My study below is an example of one of my thoughts in this vein.
The two converging lines covering the yellow tint represent the reclining head of my brother Mike*. The lines that bound the red area depict his hand. He likes to keep his hand there for some reason.
Here is a photograph of Mike showing this gesture.
*Mike is my older brother who is autistic, low functioning and nonverbal. I have never been able to communicate with him. See my earlier (2013) posts for abundant details about him.