'Till we have faces (Lost in the dark)'
Oil on canvas
2001 - 2002
50 x 80 cm x 8
This series of paintings comprises of four images of children and four images of their reflections which are positioned opposite, as if the children are gazing at their own reflections.
The inspiration for this piece was the myth of Narcissus - obsessed with his own image - and Lacan's theories of 'the mirror stage' when babies first see themselves as separate form the world and others around them. The set of paintings developed from a fascination with exploring how our beliefs and worldview impact upon the strength of our identity and sense of self. The piece questions: can we know ourselves at all without forming, with some certainty, a view of the word around us that gives us a context, security and value?