Beards and Spectacles 1997- 1998

The motif of the beard reappears in this work, with the various resonances of disguise, dress-ups, archetypes and play. The photograms I was working on during the same period employ the idea of unworn clothing. Although the beard is momentarily being worn in these photographs, like clothes without a body, this object also exists as a beard without a face.

The cutlery/ spectacles link the ideas of seeing and eating, as both processes bring something (be it information or food) into the body that is then integrated and transformed.  A filtering or straining process applies to both, and the possibilities can be nourishing, transformative, or restricted.

The beards and the cutlery/spectacles were developed during the same period as Seven Years in the World without Passion and True Image, and can be considered related works.