Alien (Next Of Kin)

58 min video

For an hour I am attempting to draw the silhouette of my head, erasing it and starting again once each image is completed. The action of drawing and erasing is repeated over and over again. As a soundtrack to the drawings I have asked a range of people (from close friends and partners to people that have only met me a few times) to describe my face via the telephone in an objective and detailed way. The descriptions unfold one after another, sometimes overlapping, sometimes contradicting each other, making it difficult for the viewer to construct a coherent image out of the different versions of the same person’s face.