The work, Profile, consists of 120 individual pieces of mirrored glass in the shape of mobile phones, each bears the portrait of someone who is connected to the artist as a Friend on Facebook. Lines join the portraits to represent online inter-connections.
Featuring instantly recognisable portraits of real people, literally in profile, this work highlights how today we carry our loved ones and friends in our pocket in much the same way as people have carried photographs or miniature portraits and love tokens for centuries. Our phone is an intimate object.
Online relationships are often criticised for lacking in depth and being a poor substitute for human contact, but, in an age where poor governmental decisions are driving wedges between countries and social groups, these networks can often sustain us in a real way and allow us to feel connected to each other in the wider world. The mobile phone puts the world in our pocket and can facilitate protest and act as an agent of social change.
Profile references the contemporary ‘selfie’ culture and Victorian silhouettes, and comments on our timeless fascination with the self, mirroring, friendship and reflection.
The finished installation was recently exhibited at Glasrijk Glass Festival in Tubbergen, Holland