Each project series uses colour interaction, self-conscious posing and staged gesture to create ambivalent portraits displaying subjects who are aware of themselves and their status as images.
The viewer’s gaze is anticipated and compositionally considered. Identity is made from elusive and numerous details, and a photographic portrait has historically offered a suspension of this truth. A reduction of multitudes; A finite document; An archive. I am interested in the authority of the photographic image, and its construction of representational truths.
The gesture of drawing and painting what I photograph is rooted in a desire to delegitimize but also dialog with the image world. Categorized subjectivities and objective realities are abandoned and replaced by abstracted figures in decontextualized time and spaces. When we are presented with images of someone intimately specific but explicitly un-representable, we experience ourselves.