These paintings emerged from a curiosity about the 'selfie' and people's apparent willingness to post images of themselves on public social media platforms. Offering one's face for the scrutiny of strangers is an inherently risky business, yet perhaps we are all vulnerable to the lure of the magic "mirror, mirror on the wall"?
The ability to manipulate a selfie, using pre-loaded 'applications', is fostering the cultural pandemic of 'acceptance'. These paintings are an attempt to re-imagine the intended motivation behind the posted images and resurrect them from the ghostly half-light of a virtual world, where the currency of acceptance is measured in banal 'likes' and 'hearts'. They deserve better.
These paintings are a modest attempt to address that imbalance. They simply seek to celebrate the human face, to find the perfect within the imperfect.