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Unknown Suspects

A response to America’s current climate of fear, “Unknown Suspects” is inspired by depictions of unknown terrorists in the media: those headshots of black silhouettes.

Culled from the web, the photo-based images in “Unknown Suspects” are translated into spraypaint on canvas. These anonymous, shadowy heads act as a kind of Rorschach test for our collective unconscious: what threats do we perceive in their vague ethnicity?  We take notice of the tilt of the head, the shape of the ears, the curls or sweep of the hair.

Facing us, monolithic, the images become a mirror that allows us to examine our other selves.


Acrylic on canvas, 40” x 30”, 2015.