PORTRAITS OF INTIMATE ANONYMITY Whilst cataloguing their own vast collection of found familial photographs, a meditation upon the nature of nostalgia surfaced and the artists were inspired to explore nostalgia as an obstacle to connect with the present moment. The artists started to see patterns in thousands of unrelated images; repeated poses, circumstance, orientation and nature came into focus. Each portrait in the series is thickly over-painted, creating a sculptural incarnation of its subjects, whilst allowing both the subject and the viewer space to inhabit the work with ease. We are given space to examine, both the subject’s environment and our own natural ‘filling in of the gaps’, our preconceptions and presumptions.
The impasto over-painting in PORTRAITS OF INTIMATE ANONYMITYis done as an act of empowerment and focus. Subjects are rendered anonymous and celebrated in block colour. The anonymity reflects any judgements made by the viewer. Presumptions about sex, race, age etc. are echoed back to us as the pure presumptions that they are. Our minds naturally look for patterns in order to process all the information that we are constantly absorbing. The patterns we create are just that, creations of our mind, which sometimes serve us well to process information and sometimes do us a disservice by limiting our beliefs.
This work is a from an ongoing process developed by Walter & Zoniel, where they use the space that this colourful, sculptural interception creates to look deeper into our own minds and the lives of others.