I felt like an actor from Camus’ Myth of Sisyphus, an absurd man. An actor is not content simply to observe and imagine lives different from his own; he insists on living them. The actor compresses the intensity and variety of a great many lives into the span of his career.
Presented here are works from “The Actor Series,” where I use images of cultural icons to make self-portraits. I ask whether we can use our personal experience to make something transcend art about identity within the realm of self-portraiture. What if other people’s personas could be used as an ingredient and mixed together with my own, like a mad scientist?
The core material technique is a dye transfer that allows me to create images culled together with photos and watercolor pencil drawings. These collages are edited in Photoshop and then printed out on large films. I transfer these reversed inkjet printouts to a substrate, usually Arches watercolor paper or primed canvas, with Purell hand sanitizer and 99% alcohol. I then work into the images with water-soluble paints, ink, coffee, hot sauce, fats, and red wine, creating stains and depth to which the transfer reacts on the surface of the paper or canvas. The final images are coated in UV protected liquid vinyl as a type of protective varnish. They are stamped on the front with corporate watermark and signed and titled on the back in pencil.
“Jean-Luc Godard insists that his own memoristic film JLG\JLG (1994) was a self-portrait not an autobiography because a self-portrait has no “me” in it.”