The artist, by creating this piece, aimed to bypass vanity or self-consciousness during the act of looking at oneself. Individuals can look at themselves in a disengaged or disinterested way and get a view of how they appear rather than what they wish or fear that they look like. In reality, Hallifax believes that it is a pointless exercise, as people can never see what they really look like. Therefore the artist is interested in the fascinating struggle to attempt to reach beyond or outside oneself. In this work, the extreme distortion of the face in some ways reflects the intensity of this struggle to overcome one's accepted self-image.
Where to see this painting?
University of Ulster
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