My work very much focuses on portraiture, but with the use of both painting and photography this genre is skewed and manipulated, and the transformative properties of paint are pushed to the limit. I photograph the act of painting onto my skin and then paint on top of the photographs, creating a layering of image of paint and painted image, blurring the boundaries between the two. My 'Self' is lost, buried beneath the paint and the notion of portraiture is questioned. The body becomes both object and subject within the work.
There is a constant shift between dualities within my work; painting and photography, absence and presence, and reality and fiction. The painting, photographic and layering techniques, and bold, vibrant colours used within the work become obstacles to reality, distorting and creating absurd and abstracted portraits.
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