Making allusions to the genre of the gothic uncanny, Unplaced is a meditation on how the Self becomes the Other with the passing of years. Against the evocative background of a ruined castle in a remote Welsh hinterland, the younger self and the older self seek each other out through the dim passages of time, and catch a glimpse of each other through a decaying mirror.
Drawing on the raw power of traditional Mexican masks, Unfaced is a series of portraits of the masks themselves, caught in the moment before they are worn, when they are replete with their full potential to create a new identity. The masks invoke the colonial Other—Spanish, French, and Yankee—as well as the demonised Other, and the ultimate Other of death.
This show provides a fresh and original triangulation of the idea of identity, and is a timely contribution to the contemporary debate on personal and cultural identity. When everything else is stripped away, what is it to become someone?