These five portraits are a study on perception. My work has to do with the human psyche and how each individual perceives the world.
Memories from the past shape our future subconsciously.
It is not so much that we change, but that we grow, and therefore perceive things differently as we get older.
Every seven years our cells are replaced by new cells. Does this mean we become a completely new person? Does this mean we forget everything from our previous seven years? Everyone is different. All of us have had experiences that have shaped the way we view certain situations and the people around us. We will never know the depth of what an individual is thinking or what one might be feeling, even if they were to describe it to us. Our thoughts, feelings, intentions, and memories are a complex network deep within our heart and brain. The same picture shown to two different people, depending on their experiences, can make one happy and the other sad. We will never know whether two people that look at the same object, will see or feel the same way.
I am near sighted, therefore wear glasses. With this project, I painted a series of portraits of the same person. I literally show you the way in which I see. For all paintings, I did not wear my glasses. The first portrait of Alex was painted from life. He sat about four feet away from me. For the second portrait of Alex, I took the first painting and placed it about seven feet away from me. I used the first painting as a model for my second painting. For the third portrait, I took the second painting and placed it, once again, seven feet away from me, and then painted what I saw on the new canvas. I repeated this process for the fourth and fifth paintings.
As you can see, my eyesight is equvialent to a distant memory; it is there but not as sharp.