Identity Constructors

 

In a world of increasing interconnection, we are often faced with the definitions that others make for us. In response to both inward and outward ideas of who we are, we attempt to master our appearances to reflect our ideal selves by making choices that control our visual appearances. Through grooming habits or choices in clothing and accessories, people actively construct their public image.

My process of documentation, based in the photographic work of Nan Goldin and the film works of Andy Warhol, avoids staging or posing in order to achieve a truer image. I utilize the screen-printing process in order to connect the every day nature of the processes that I depict to the concept of the quotidian object in Pop Art. A grid of screen-printed and painted layers build up the base for a transparent line art image, in which the integrity of the figure is disrupted by geometric forms and writing.   This disruption, as in Warhol’s portraiture, denies the concept of the portrait as an accurate or totalizing depiction of an individual. The figure, in my work, is instead utilized as a tool for deconstructing the social structures of separation and spheres of influence over individual choice.