Vis à vis 

Dissertation Project

Vis à vis explores how the ‘perceived’ and the ‘portrayed’ self diverge within society, in relation to fine art portraiture. The project also looks at the unique relationship that forms between the artist and the sitter, which ultimately plays a key role in the development of the final portrait. This differentiation between how an individual opts to portray themselves to others as, in contrast to others’ perception of them, is visualised through a series of six portrait installations. Each installation combines two portrait variants of the same person, an identikit and a digital realistic portrait. One portrait, the forensic identikit, is based on a friend’s description of the sitter, whilst the other showcases a true to life representation of them. The realistic portrait also features the artist’s perception, based on their initial first meeting together. Both portraits were compiled together using lenticular illusions.