Looking Down series (On-going)
Oil on X-ray film backing. 20 x 25cm
Looking Down is a series of small paintings on x-ray film backings depicting human figures looking down. Looking down is simply looking down, looking for something, or bowing. I am intrigued by the material of x-ray because as a found object it carries a part of the patient who used it. The inspiration for these paintings comes from my research about the Japanese occupation of Indochina. During my research I encountered a photograph of a local woman bowing to Japanese soldiers when they passed her on the street. It made a significant impact on my thinking about the meaning of the gesture and what it signified. From the initial photograph I developed a collection of painted gestures on found x-ray film backings with images taken from various resources: books, historical archives, the Internet, etc. The figure is stripped of his or her background and represented in a timeless, non-specific space.