My work is an exploration of modern culture, narcissism and the apparent obsession with our online identity. I have been specifically considering the concept of a ‘profile picture’ and how this is used to represent and sell ourselves, often in a ‘glossier’ version than the reality. I am intrigued by the way in which we filter and excessively document our lives to create a whole new online persona.
I have attempted to depict this concept through the mediums of digitally manipulated photography and acrylic paint. Although the themes within my work focus on the virtual and digital, I have also used paint as a different means of manipulation which serves to create an alternative agency to the work. The use of pixilation and distortion is intended to warp the original identity of the picture, thus creating a sense of anonymity, contradicting the very purpose of a ‘profile picture’.
Profile Picture #1 - 2016
Acrylic on Board