Faces: A book of drawings of female actors in films, By Manfred Naescher
Manfred keeps making really beautiful books. This is one of three new ones he has made in recent months. They are produced in very limited numbers. Get copies while you can!
Faces presents a series of watercolor portraits of female actors in films. As the marks of watercolor have solidified into visible traces of the passage of time on paper, the resulting image reveals a memory of the process. Derrida’s concept of cinema as “the art of allowing ghosts to come back” is interpreted here with watercolor acting as the medium through which ghosts are invited to the present. This process “presupposes a memory of the past that has never taken the form of the present” (Derrida), which is especially valid for film, a mere product of artifice. The images of Faces are both portraits and evocations of ghosts.