Five Faces of Adam

Finalist Portia Geach Memorial Prize. In private collection.

My aim in this portrait was to capture the face with its multiplicity of emotion in its ‘uncomposed’ state. I wanted to show that our faces are made up of many experiences and pasts, moods and emotions. I wanted to show how our lives are reflected on our faces.

I started with lots of sketches and ink drawings gradually selecting them out and building them up. Then, cutting all the portraits up into smaller pieces I spread them on the studio floor and began to reassemble them.