HELEN SEAR

SIGHTLINES

2011

Sightlines is an exquisite set of 21 photographs, partially concerned with ideas about the unique object and the copy. The images themselves depict a portrait of a woman whose face is obscured by a mass-produced, but hand-painted figurine of a bird. Sear alters the final photograph through the application of several layers of white primer—acrylic gesso. The images, then, are also about photographing paint and painting photographs.

This convergence of the unique and/or copy is further implicated by notions of her concern with identity. Through obscuring the face of the woman, Sear interrupts the gaze of both sitter and observer. The spectator of the photograph is unable to know the sitter's identity, in a similar way that she/he can't know the identity of the person(s) who hand-painted the bird.

These small-scale photographs confound our expectations in the most delightful way, and are testimony to the conceptual and visual strength of Sear's practice. 

 

7.25'' x 7.25''

Archival Pigment Print with Acrylic Gesso

EDTION: 3+2AP