Sharon Egan, Forsythe, oil, 8 x 8"
After the election, I heard this statistic: 53% of white women voted for Donald Trump. I felt shocked, betrayed and deeply saddened. Many wore a safety pin as a method of identifying as not having voted to set women’s rights, race relations, civil rights, equal pay and environmental protections back 50 years.
We are all, to some extent, inscrutable. I began to see dark glasses as a metaphor for that.
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 protect, create a veil, mask, 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.