“The Body is Merely The Apparition of A Framework” Digital, 2016
Like cybernetic reimagining’s of early motion studies by Eadweard Muybridge and Etienne Jules Marey, my self-portraits invoke the graph as a measure of the physical and subjective body. Whereas classic photographers used the graphic spatialization of the body to progress scientific and medical understanding, my portraits reflect on the subject that has come about since then: the individual as a result of the accelerated and technological adaption of the human body to the analytical and scientific paradigms of modern life. The graph is the hegemonic spatial system of modern life–from maps and spreadsheets to MRIs and virtual reality–is practically inescapable. By projecting images of graphs onto my body, I am made visible only by the reflection of the image itself, and the viewer only perceives me by observing the subtle framework of lines undulating over and across my corporeal body.
For this series I have inverted my practice: from the structural hegemony of identity in the abstract to the implication of my own body as a projection of its performativity, of its queerness, of its visibility reflected by the paradigm of identitarian categories. I stand alone, illuminated only by the blossoms of my childhood, made visible only by reflecting what has become to me the symbol of my open-ended self-acceptance, flowers, which are for me only one source of the alienation that attaches itself to images of the body.