In November of 2014 I began the first of a series of performances wereby I dipped my own fully painted portraits into vats of enamel paints. It is a process that permanently hides parts of the portrait’s features.
I painted the portraits alone in my studio and kept each veiled. Prior to dipping. I never photographed any of the paintings. Therefore, the people present at the time of the performance were the only witnesses to the pre-dipped works. Their testimonies are the sole archives of each portrait’s unobstructed state.
One of six dipped works
This series of photographs was taken at the first performance, which consisted of six paintings.
I interviewed each sitter before painting them, the transcriptions of which were handwritten onto large sheets of paper that caught the drippings from the dipping process. The sitters were all linked by the experience of having witnessed personal loss close hand. Their interviews will resurface for the final exhibition, once all the series of dippings have been completed.
One of the six completed works.
Two of the drip sheets.