There is an innate desire to replicate an individual through artistic production. Traditionally, as an artist works to render the human figure in any medium, they come to face specific requirements that can often be constraining. For the figure to become more than a combination of forms, one must dive deeper and reveal something that is otherwise unseen. In challenging conventional portraiture, I expel the physical features of an appropriated individual and expose layers to reflect the varied constructs of what it is to be human. These layers can be abstracted, acting as reminders that we are merely a union of ideas. Exposure and concealment are my tools, carried out via printmaking, digital printing, drawing, and painting. Sanding techniques also come into play, to reveal an image beneath multiple opaque and transparent layers or to rid the figure of its physical information altogether, obscuring identity. There are no signifiers to time or place, yielding greater emphasis on the figure. In my charcoal drawings more anatomically correct layering of bodily interior is included as well as moments of landscape, textures, mark making, and cellular structures. This generates a push and pull as the abstract marks create the figure while also diffusing it into abstraction.
The figures are life size in order to best subject them as reality. While viewers connect with the figures, they are also silently confronted by the figures’ mindless expressions, illuminating that they aren’t aware of their voyeur.