Back of Head II (2012)
Acrylic painting by Becca Harris


  • Acrylic painting, Paper on board
  • One of a kind artwork
  • Size: 8 × 11.2 × 0.7 in
  • Signed on the back

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Becca Harris

United Kingdom

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Artist's description:

This painting was created from a self-portrait I took of the back of my head. I cropped the image with a view finder and painted it with acrylic and oil paint on paper. Then I photocopied the painting of the photograph, and painted it again. I repeated the process several times, eventually completing the work by printing the photocopied painting on top of itself.

I am interested in the relationship between the photographic and painterly languages; particularly the way in which the inkjet and photocopying process extends the potential of the paint, giving it new qualities; new spaces and new textures to explore.

The repetitive process of layering and scraping helps create distance between the original image of the back of my head, and the cinematic representation of part of the back of a head - instead of being 'mine' it is now just an object in the midst of a space, situated within a new context.

For some people it may not look like the back of a head at all. The work largely depends on the response and consideration of the viewer, and hopefully asks questions of them and them of it. This is what I hope to achieve in my work; something visually pleasing, and something that creates dialogue, opening doors to new ways of thinking and things to be learnt about oneself.

This painting is mounted on ply board with 1 inch depth. It is fixed to the wall with a single screw - the back of the board slides left onto the screw, so it sits flat against the wall.

This painting is part of a series which was exhibited in 2013.

Materials used:

paper, plywood, acrylic, oil paint, inkjet, photocopy