Erasing into Existence
Within this work I experimented with the idea of self portraiture to create a wax cast of my face; exploring themes of my own identity and self destruction. By holding the heat gun that breaks down the wax and melts this cast, I am solely responsible for my own devastation. As the wax is heated and melts, the cast breaks down on itself and the work is erased into existence.
Whilst my singular role as the artist; destroying my own work and my own face, is key to this piece, I also wanted to explore identity in a wider context. While one’s identity is inextricably linked to their outward appearance, this work shows the two dimensional nature of aesthetics when all aspects of your personality are removed.
The viewer is forced to watch the disturbing scene as my face dissolves, inviting them to question its importance and meaning.