This painting was created from a photographic self-portrait. 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 scraping and building layers of paint helps create distance between the original image and the cinematic representation of the image - it is now just an object in the midst of a space, situated within a new context.
The work largely depends on the response and consideration of the viewer, asking 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.
This painting is mounted on ply board with just less than 1 inch depth. It is fixed to the wall with a single screw - the back of the board slides left onto the screw allowing it to sit flat against the wall.
This painting is part of a series which was exhibited in 2013.
Acrylic, paper, plywood