The Portrait Group

"The Portrait Group" consists of several series that examine physical appearance and adornment as a signifier of our society. Each series consists of photographs of a person or persons that have been manipulated or adorned through computer programs. Utilizing the European portrait style of the 15th and 16th century as a construct, my focus is on the superficial presentation of the models and not on their facial expression. I use this form to portray aspects of culture and not those of the particular sitter. The base for the images is a banal style of studio portrait. This serves as a familiar element that allows the viewer to make an immediate connection.



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