Untitled (Padded F/B Portrait)

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Untitled (Padded F/B Portrait) – 1998, mised media – 11″ x 13.5″ x 1.5″

 

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Untitled (Padded F/B Portrait – back)

This piece is meant to be suspended in a space so that the viewer can walk around the portrait and see both sides.  To the observer, it should appear that both the front and back of the portrait are treated with similar import: the front frame does have more embelishment but the back of the portrait is still framed.  In the piece, I am attempting to show that everybody, even “important” figures worthy of having a portrait, have their undersides, their not-so-neat parts of their lives – whether it be from internal conflicts, personal scarring, or even deeply ingrained thought patterns.

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