DO YOU KNOW ME?
DO YOU KNOW ME? explores identity, performance and character as I take on various personae to examine the concept and display of the self in everyday life. Through these fictional self-portraits, I escape from my own identity and allow myself to occupy another. Masks act as a metaphor for the faces people wear or the ones that others bestow upon them. My identity becomes anonymous although small details and clues, like hair and body shape, hint at the subject behind the mask. To compensate for the absence of facial expressions, I use my body language and gesture to connote these emotions and states of mind. Inhabiting these characters, I invite the viewer in turn to consider their authentic selves and to question the extent to which they perform, whether in public or private spaces. Through a combination of ambiguity and candour the work speaks to those who recognise this feeling of estrangement.