Swan’s feather quill pen and acrylic pigment ink on archival watercolor paper
9.25 inches (13.5 cm) x 11 inches (28 cm)
16th May 2008
As part of “Considering Silesia”, the internet investigation into my Anglo-German heritage, since 2004 I have been generating a collection of portraits from web-sourced images of contemporary Silesians (from dating sites, social networks and so on) that approaches an ethnographic survey reminiscent of nineteenth century photographs of racial stereotypes that foreshadowed racist and eugenic politics, and the onset of World War Two. The significant difference in these images is that Silesians broadcast images they create or select, collectively portraying a society in historical flux as Silesia moves focus from communism to capitalism, from East to West.
In this instance a quill pen was chosen to highlight both the human-ness of perception and interpretation (or interpolation) through the process of drawing from internet sourced jpeg to paper – from digital to analogue.
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