In the Anonymous Wallpaper multiple, the uniqueness of ambrotypes and
daguerreotypes, particularly portraiture, invited speculation that these
examples might possibly be the only evidence that someone had ever existed.
Remarkably, when studying the portraits, their subjects appear to be ‘us’.
The anonymity of the sitters, in images baring no marks to identify who
they were, seems diminishing. They are lost in time, but for a single
known likeness. Through repetition of this single image and by creating
tiled pattern, as could be matched in wallpaper, an irony developed: attention
had been given to an individual otherwise forgotten. Options include seeing
the result as pure design; making formal comparisons between one tile
and another. But it also includes the possibility of studying the individual
portrait; a tribute to their memory, and a reminder of who we are.
The Anonymous Wallpaper multiples are made using scanned original ambrotypes
or daguerreotypes as a source, ending in digitally manipulated C-prints
mounted between Plexiglas.
last updated May 7, 2008