Oil Paint on stretched canvas, ready to hang.
Signed on the front.
Oil painting done in 2016, after albumen silver photograph in the W.M. Hunt Collection, by unknown photographer, ca. 1865
From my series Unreadable Presence:
The paintings in this series are based on 19th century photographs of anonymous women who are hiding their faces in one way or another. They are anonymous because their names were never recorded, or if they were, this information has not survived. Their hidden faces add to this anonymity and render them 'unreadable'; we don't know their names, and we can't guess their feelings.
Because the images were pre-existing – I have not invented them – my role was to interpret and present them so a certain narrative is conveyed. Through these paintings I explore the taboo, the symbolic and various rights of passage. I hope the works challenge the viewer to consider oppression and empowerment. When imposed, the hidden face is oppressive; when chosen, it’s empowering.
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This artwork is currently stretched and ready to hang.