In this body of work, I've used images collected from magazines. I fold the images into fans and then cut them, sometimes using hole-punches; I do the same with patterned paper. I then layer these cutouts one on top of another and glue them onto a painted canvas. There is an element of serendipity and luck involved in this deconstructive /reconstructive process. The patterns created by the perforations are meant to reflect the pixilated digital visual world we live in. I'm interested in the rearrangement of the image; how the negative spaces and missing parts are completed by the layer of patterned paper underneath. I was attracted to these images by their penetrating gaze; they seem to be seeking something. I wanted to capture this look by disintegrating their original purpose to create new relationships; new narratives.
Who are these people?
I've deliberately chosen commercial images; faces that are subtly codified by the retail industry to capture the attention of specific groups of consumers. I have altered their original context, hijacking the advertising strategy. I've repurposed them to initiate a dialogue about appearance and identity. How do the cultural perceptions of ethnic, gender or sexual minorities affect the way the images are read? How do we interpret their seemingly banal countenances? How do the stereotypes we bring to them influence our perception? Do we connect with them because they reflect an accepted stereotype? Do we categorize or label them? Or do we not notice them at all...do they float subliminally under the radar of our consciousness in a semiotic internal discourse?