30 of the 160 individual Portraits that are painted on two sides.

These installation shots reveal two sides of the same paintings, first the fronts, then the backs. They were installed in the main structure so viewers could access either side dependent upon the their position relative to the main stage. Viewers could stand at the opening of the stage for an interior view, and view the “backs” of the paintings. The portrait “back” is more simplistic and mask-like. This somewhat ominous, unfamiliar view speaks to the hidden identity of agri workers. Viewers can also view the portrait “fronts” from the exterior of the main stage.  From this view point the portraits take on the qualities of a community – their gaze meeting onlooking members of the community. The duration of time that I spent painting these individuals extended well beyond the initial snapshot. The rendering process allowed me, one who benefits from their labors, to gain a certain familiarity with each individual.

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