Gillian Iles
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Body of work: Party Face

party face   Recent work compares and contrasts individuals' public and private personae and the notion of a public normal in the age of instantaneous global dissemination of personal information and public ideology.

Party Face is a focus on individual personae being consumed by anonymous group personae within universally acceptable dynamics. The series examines the difference between simplistic and generic facades assumed by an individual in the public forum versus the honest frankness of unadorned individual identity.

Party Face compares the metaphoric emptiness of the generality of rooms full of people with the fullness of the specificity and unique character of empty rooms. Likewise, interacting fully clothed figures are contrasted with confrontational naked individuals. These contrasts depict the honesty and unique character of the individual personae and the composure, congeniality and conformity of the public personae.

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