Boundless Identities / Fruit of the Hoodlum

  • James Dawe

Contemporary Portraits: In collaboration with new creative platform &Wherefore To explore and celebrate diverse identities along with a selection of artists I was asked to explore what Grayson Perry’s idea of ‘boundless identities’ means to us. I wanted to do something which parodied famous portraits of the past, an Arcimboldo-esque portrait representing a mysterious spirit of modern man through dark humour. The hoodlum image has parallels with Magritte’s 'Son of Man’ self portrait with an apple obscuring the face. The main piece of fruit here is an apple with a synthetic perforated texture and instead of a suit and a bowler hat, the figure wears the modern day casual uniform, a hoodie."