Visualizing 'A Completed Portrait of Picasso' is 3D virtual reality, twisting, audio-visual interpretation of Gertrude Stein’s poem, “If I Told Him, A Completed Portrait of Picasso.” Gertrude Stein accomplished verbalizing a portrait of her friend, the cubist painter, Picasso, through poetry in the same distinctive style of Picasso’s own work. The result of this is a loose but complex narrative.
This piece adds a level of completion to the Portrait of Picasso by incorporating visuals that utilize the immersive nature of the 3D, virtual reality space of the Cave. The Cave allows for integration of image, text, and audio through which the viewer can interact with Stein’s poem. In an homage to Stein and Picasso’s own styles, this piece draws inspiration from the cubist aesthetic and incorporates works by Picasso. The text is split into distinct stanzas, each building upon one another, launching the viewer into distinct worlds. Viewers have the agency to navigate their way through Visualizing A Completed Portrait of Picasso.
Providence, RI, 2015, 8' x 8' x 8'.
Made in collaboration with Marley Rafson.