In our modern urban worlds there are many systems which make up part of our daily life. One system that I am particularly interested in is the public transportation system and the way human beings express themselves and interact with each other within these public, often times, packed spaces. Being part of these spaces in my daily commute I observe the subtle facial or body expression, the fleeting moments of eye contact, and the conscious attempts at avoiding eye contact, through which each person reveals a bit about themselves and their human essence. On any bus in the world, each passenger has their own story, their own journey, but when brought together these stories form a collective story of the human interaction, behaviour and expression within a man made system.
The faces in this series are faces are the extension of the individuals which I observe. Stepping beyond the simple lines and playing with layering of paint and colour using only the palette knife, I unmask the deeper individualistic expression and stories of the individuals with whom we share our collective public spaces. These faces do not belong to just one person, they are all of us, they are me, they are you. Within the layers that we carry around with us each day as we move through our public life, there is a story, a desire to express something, which I allow to come to life through these portraits and detailed images.
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