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"Random Stranger"
Mixed
26 x 32 x 3/4 in
   
   
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My work comprises of portraits and double sided works based on images and texts sent to me from complete strangers via e-mail after I have solicited them on social chat sites. The resulting works beg the question Why? Why paintings not photos? Why did this individual choose to release their photo knowing I planned to paint and exhibit it? Talking to Strangers questions anonymity and the release of personal information on the internet. At an early stage of the project it became apparent the strangers also had their own agendas with associated role playing and misrepresentation. My alter ego pictures attempt to address this with what I have imagined the real person to be painted on the reverse
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