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Exhausted, 2013 (Project Page)

A portrait painting offers a lasting likeness for it's sitter, be it a religious or political leader, middle class citizen or simply an artist's model. Depending on how an image survives the various changing cultural situations it's passed through, the immediate context and the sitter's identity is often lost. For 'Exhausted,' nameless portraits from throughout 15th to 19th century European art are reduced to simplified ink drawings, and then further reduced as only a 'digital selection,' barely separating the drawing from the white space of the webpage. The 'digital selection' is used as an allusion to designate something that doesn't wholly exist or hold form. The portraits are diminished to how we might view them now, as aesthetic husks of lives and memories that weren't quite influential enough.

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