I Love You (Y)
By Marc Alexander from his ‘Touch’ exhibition. ‘I Love You (Y)’, Archival Paper Print, 300g Hahnemuhle Paper, 6cm by 8.5cm. Unframed.
I Love You (Y)
The phrase “I love you” may be one of the most romantic words that you can say to your loved one. While there are many different languages around the world, the meaning of these three words is able to transcend any language barriers. Some people like to be original and look for ways to convey their deep love in truly special ways. A romantic gesture, such as saying “I love you” in sign language, is definitely a different and charming way to surprise a loved one.
There are different forms of sign language used by the deaf community and by hard hearing people; as well as, by people that communicate with this community. In the English language the most common form is American Sign Language (ASL).
- To say “I”, you have to point your middle finger towards your chest.
- To say “love”, cross your arms in the form of an “X” in front of your chest.
- To say “you”, point your middle finger to the person you intend to say “I love you”.
In ASL there are also shorthand methods that combines the three letters I-L-Y in just one gesture. For this you will have to extend your pinky finger, your middle finger and your thumb. Then slowly shake your hand. Or as in my drawing gesture the three letters I, L, Y, in three individual gestures.
After a long season of producing portraits in oils, I returned for a while to the humble pencil. The ‘Touch’ exhibition, which opened at the Studio Gallery Kalk Bay on Friday June 14th 2013 and ran until July 3rd, was the result of that experience – a true celebration of the beauty and expressiveness of the human hand.
Several months before this show, a group of us artists got together in the studio to work on life drawings, and for me, hands are one of the most difficult parts of the human body to draw, so I decided to master this challenge by producing one hundred detailed drawings. Friends, family and even casual acquaintances, modeled their hands for me and in each drawing I tried to capture the unique character of each individual.
A great deal could be learned about a person just by observing their hands. For example, the slight hand gestures of a person in love, or the anxious mannerisms of the addicted smoker clutching his last cigarette, or the telltale scars and callouses which belong to a hard working laborer. The hands are young and old, lined and smooth and endlessly expressive and tell a hundred stories which are all captured in my hyper-realistic style.
Many of Marc’s artworks are available as fine art digital prints. Professionally photographed and printed on large format inkjet printers, these prints are limited edition numbered bottom left and signed bottom right. The paper used is 320g Hahnemuhle archival watercolour paper. The process employs fade resistant, archival inks, which boast a 100+ year fade-proof guarantee. The paper prints are sold plastic wrapped on an acid-free foamcore backing board. These prints are also available in varying sizes of canvas.