“Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will hurt forever. “
This is the truth that underlies this little rhyme that every child hears growing up. In fact, words that are meant to hurt and even some that aren’t leave long lasting scars, which, though hidden, are barely below the surface.
This series of portraits brings to the surface the hidden pains that are resident for many. The art of the pieces is the frankness with which each of the portraits presents him or herself to the world. Each participant allows us to see some quality of who they are without the artifice of persona.
Daring to be genuine is the greatest act of the individual. Knowing who that genuine person is and revealing it takes great bravery and yet offers even greater satisfaction.