Stephanie Benhaim BFA Printmaking Thesis Spring 2014
Anonymity in Portraiture: The Ebb and Flow of a Crowd
There are distortive elements found in the mass movement of persons in crowds. I create portraits of unknown individuals which are informed by concepts of anonymity and motion; movement proceeds as a blurring of individuals, a public and anonymous flux. In my research, I have begun to understand certain parallels between the distortion of individuality in crowds, and the painterly technique of ghost printing. In attempting to generate portraits that represent individualistic experiences in crowds, a multitude of paradoxes— already existing in the history of portraiture— become very apparent.