Sharon Egan, Forsythe, oil, 8 x 8"
“Ourself, behind ourself concealed/ should startle most.” -Emily Dickinson
We are all, to some extent, inscrutable.
Using sunglasses as a device, I explore the personal boundaries we protect, and the opinions we conceal, as enigmatic individuals navigating the impersonal, public space of a politically divided, socially detached world.
Dark glasses mask, veil, cover the eyes: present the wearer as a riddle. Yet, because the wearer chooses the glasses, the glasses themselves offer a clue to the wearer’s sensibilities. I explore the idea of sunglasses as a slate upon which any persona can be projected, while my subject’s true self, identity and story remains a mystery.
My models are garnered from the streets of Philadelphia.