With the advent of facebook, youtube, and other simulations of life the generation known as “Digital Natives” is intimately familiar with creating and upholding images of themselves. I directed the models to show their naked legs to convey that their raw selves are holding up their clothed, poised selves. The form of the photo within a photo is inspired by Magritte’s painting The Human Condition. His painting questions our ability to trust our senses, if they can be trusted to validate reality. My photographs raise questions about how we know who we are. Are we the mask that we wear? Are we restricted to be how people see us, or is our true, naked self permanently hidden by the image we personally construct?
36 x 24 in