This series of abstract portraits is an exploration of how we feel about and perceive ourselves internally versus how we represent and project that identity into the world. Each figure makes a bold statement on the surface with confidence and bravado, before dissolving into abstraction. The contrast of thick black lines, white shapes and swirling colors with physical space between them, suggest a gulf between the outward statements we make and the internal realities behind them.
Three layers of plexiglass are stacked with 1/2” (13mm) space between them. Black and white acrylic is painted on the back two layers with a simulated multiple exposure photograph in front. Each montage contains photographs of a human torso, layered with abstract paintings photographed and exposed onto the original picture.