Am I Ready Now?

“AM I READY NOW?” - 2019
7 Low opacity prints on acetate, sealed and casted in a handmade and pigmented polyurethane frame.
25 x 20 x 2cm

The core of the exhibition is formed by a series also titled ‘Am I Ready Now?’, in which the duo explores the idea of the ‘self’. The works consist of seven different prints featuring a single portrait of the same person, placed in layers, one on top of another. Each work in the series is composed of the same portraits of the same person, but arranged in a different order. The portraits, which are reminiscent of the South African artist Marlene Dumas, have something insignificant about them and at the same time something penetrating. Each print is produced at very low density, to the point that the images need to be layered in order for the face to be seen. The result is a series of images that question the way we imagine ourselves and how we think others perceive us. 

The work raises questions about the accuracy of our perception. Do others see us as we see ourselves? Does changing your appearance ever have the result you want it to? Will others see you as you want them to, or will they come to their own conclusions? And when you consciously seek to alter this perception, does it have the desired effect? Will you ever be satisfied? Will you ever feel complete?