WE ARE THEM Installation shots
The word ‘We’ is inclusive and creates a group that houses all of us. ‘Them’ denotes those outside of our circle. Each interaction creates an opportunity.
WE ARE THEM features mixed media portraits painted from memory, observation and imagination. The pieces are multi-layered: drawn, painted, scratched into, collaged and stenciled under and over. The figures emerge from a long history of surfaces and ghosted images. These are real people, alive and changing, vulnerable and genuine. I am telling their stories.
I work on paper because it is closer to the quality of skin than canvas. Tearing the edges of the paper creates irregularities, unique-nesses which echo the singularity of the faces. Each piece is unmeasured and shows my hand. Tacking the portraits directly to the wall makes them more accessible. There is no glass or other surface to keep the faces from the viewer. In this way, there is clarity between the viewer and the viewed. There is no hierarchy. We are them.