who are you? (2012)

Copper, aluminium, sterling silver, titanium, silk cord.
w: 290 x 310 mm


Created in 2012 in response to a brief from the Powerhouse Museum for their exhibition A Fine Possession, this piece reflects ideas about identity and the soul. We were asked to explore the museum's collection and respond to a piece, creating a link between old and new.

Below is a copy of my original artist statement. 

Soul noun
A person’s moral or emotional nature or sense of identity.
                                                                                      image: Powerhouse Museum

                                                                                     image: Powerhouse Museum

‘Masked Apple (after Magritte)’ was created by Joyce Gittoes in the early 1970s for Yellow House Puppet Theatre. The Yellow House was an artist collective where artists had complete freedom of creativity and explorations. So, I asked myself, why a masked apple?
In a theatre, actors mask themselves to become someone else.  They put on make-up, costumes, and different voices to create the illusion that they are someone else.  Their eyes connect with their audiences in order to convey the emotional nature of their characters. It is the apple’s eyes that drew me in. They left me wondering who it was, what it was hiding and why it had to wear a mask.
After some thought I realised that everyone, including myself wears some kind of mask at some point in their lives. Masks are put on at work, at school or university, at job interviews, with different friends who know them in different ways or to cover up the horrible thing that happened that they don’t want acquaintances to know.
The range of drawings I did contrast and contradict each other in the same way that our personalities do when we present ourselves in different situations. I wanted to convey the effort people go to in order to protect themselves from judgement or to hide the part of their personality that they do not deem relevant for the particular situation. 

Words: Emma Field
Photography: Dylan Esguerra