Hiding Figures (2011)

This series of works draws inspiration from a child’s tendency to hide in a very visible way under a blanket or towel and investigates how this childhood desire to cover ourselves – to find protection from being viewed – is mirrored in society. Working with ‘found’ googled photographs of celebrities, athletes, suspects, party-goers etc all covering their faces, the artist has blurred or replaced the original backgrounds. Removed from their context the figures’ reasons for concealment are unclear and the characters become comic, menacing or uncanny.

Six People Hiding (installation shot), 2011, screenprint, each portrait 36 x 43 cm
Six People Hiding – detail 1
Six People Hiding – detail 2
Hiding Figure 1, 2011, screenprint, 28 x 35 cm
Hiding Figure 2, 2011, screenprint, 28 x 35 cm
Hiding Figure 3, 2011, screenprint, 28 x 35 cm
Hiding Figure 4, 2011, screenprint, 28 x 35 cm
Game, 2011, screenprint, 61 x 54 cm
Game – detail