Portraiture appears to come with certain perceptions and conventions. To define something begins to rip its interest. There should be more than one possibility. The images here where the gaze is not observable become not only a portrait of the sitter but of me and you. Neither you nor the sitter has somewhere to aim their gaze; the broken eye contact of this gaze creates collaboration. Mind takes primacy over the eye. You don't need to see a face when you have your imagination, after all a portrait is an illusion. These images are part of wider body of work investigating portraiture in regards to eye contact bringing into play the idea of the muse and use of historical references.
Jade Hairs • Josh Murfitt • Holly Pines • Wil Symons • Sophie Tre-Vett •