in search of glory
With photographing different self-portrait busts and displaying them as traditional portrait photographs the artist refers to both these traditions as immortalization of individuals. Portrait sculpture, associated with funerary contexts, was meant to honor political officials or military commanders, as photographs later did. This instinctive need to praise power, triumph and bravery is mockingly glorified with the addition of a man-made golden light above each portrait creating a surrounding radiance or halo usually associated with a sacred person .On closer inspection the portraits show signs of damage and is literally worn out by reproduction using the same mould. Their robes become mill stones around their necks. Centuries of lust for power, destruction and wealth clearly burdening their shoulders. Burdening the sons with inherited quilt, do we want to aspire to this flawed tradition “All for glory”?