PRAYER PROJECT

Through the self-portraits in my series Prayer Project, I explore modes, definitions and images of what we choose to call “prayer”.

In these works, I examine the archetypal, stereotypical, cultural and personal concepts and iconography of prayer. 

In my self-portraits, tension is created through the depiction of private moments of intense contemplation, subjected to the viewer’s

public and voyeuristic gaze.  In these images, I explore issues of identity and dualities: loss and redemption; vulnerability and power;

suffering and reprieve; joy and pain; fear and safety; and anxiety and serenity.

Self-Portrait Praying #5.
Self-Portrait Praying #5.

2008, oil on sewn and fiber stuffed canvas, 48" x 30" x 12”

Self-Portrait Praying #3.
Self-Portrait Praying #3.

2008, oil on sewn and fiber stuffed canvas, 48" x 26" x 12”

Self-Portrait Praying #2.
Self-Portrait Praying #2.

2008, oil on sewn and fiber stuffed canvas, 40" x 28" x 12”

Self-Portrait Praying #1.
Self-Portrait Praying #1.

2008, oil on sewn and fiber stuffed canvas, 40" x 24" x 12”

Self-Portrait Praying #4.
Self-Portrait Praying #4.

2008, oil on sewn and fiber stuffed canvas, 34" x 34" x 12”

Self-Portrait Praying #6.
Self-Portrait Praying #6.

2008, oil on sewn and fiber stuffed canvas, 40" x 16" x 12”

Little Self-Portraits Praying.
Little Self-Portraits Praying.

2008, tempera, acrylic and collage on sewn and fiber stuffed canvas, 40" x 32" x 12”

Praying as Conjoined Twins
Praying as Conjoined Twins

2009, oil on sewn and fiber stuffed canvas, 15" x 24" x 10”

Self-Portraits Praying With Props.
Self-Portraits Praying With Props.

2009, oil on canvas, 90" x 36”

Praying With Masks & Gloves.
Praying With Masks & Gloves.

2009, oil on canvas, 50" x 80”