Interventions IV is part of a series of drawings and paintings investigating early 20th century archives of mugshots. There is currently a growing suspicion towards information and an increased disillusionment towards our own recording of reality. We don't trust images or statements fully anymore.
In this project, I wanted to execute a purely visual investigation of the moment between freedom and incarceration - and to use the found imagery re-represented as fiction. The idea of image as avatar is familiar to us through social media profile pictures, passport photos or video games, and we have gotten used to feeling in control of how we present ourselves.
The mugshot is an interesting antithesis to this idea, where the individual is documented clinically in what often is a low point in their lives. I am trying to rewrite these moments in my paintings by combining visual facts from different mugshots into fictional representations, thus perhaps protecting the referenced individuals, and in some cases transporting them into completely new environments. I make sure that I know nothing about the individuals when I use their faces as references, thus making the found imagery the only source of information.
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