The Making of SCOWLY FACE

The earliest memory I have is from my third birthday
party. My parents converted our suburban backyard
into a three-year-old fantasy land, complete with a
hot dog cart and a clown named Andy, who pushed
me on a swing that hung from a tree that isn’t there
anymore. I also remember how I started to make
differernt funny faces at this age, for other people’s
amusement, and with my dad’s encouragement. The
scowly face didn’t exactly reflect my happy childhood
but it did make other people laugh – and I knew that.

I still scowl to joke around, particularly in photos. I scowl
when I read and concentrate, and when I have to make
decisions. I’ve scowled my way through the production
of this body of work and over the course of my research I
also came across dozens of photos of models in editorial
settings and on the runway giving their best scowly faces.

The research for this project began with a
comparitive look at buildings and bodies. I searched
through images of my own and photos from other
artists, selecting lines and details here and there,
drawing them, moving the drawings around and
putting them together. This practice advanced and
before I knew it I was looking at an original collection of
mixed media works of art, editorials, pages and pages
of thoughts and ideas, and contributed work from other
artists who I’m lucky enough to call my friends and family.

I’ve recognized that it is necessary to honor the
process just as much as the final product. Striking
the balance has been a challenge. I’ve scowled each
step of the way but now I can say that I’m smiling.

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