Immortal

This series attempts to reimagine the human portrait. Pigments, minerals, and powders are used to transform people into living sculptures without altering any physical characteristics. They are then immortalized using modern photographic techniques to replicate the display practice of both traditional sculpture and modern portrait works.  


History

The very first representative portraits were created by Roman sculptors. Cast in bronze or carved in marble, these life-like portraits gained their realistic fame from wax molds made of an individual's face (normally after they were deceased). These wax (death masks) would then stay within the home of the family the member belonged to on a kind of portrait wall of wax masks or on the portrait sculpture itself. Since these castings were created after death but were intended to highlight and immortalize the accomplishments of life, they were often garnished with recognizable symbols, colors, and artifacts that would portray those ideals without altering the actual human features of the portrait.  In this way both the physical likeness and the attached accomplishments would become ingrained in the culture of the family and community the figure was apart of.