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"Portraiture is a statement of presence; it has the power to both document and to define the subject. Through my pieces I not only seek to explore the complexities of the personal identity of my subjects, but also to explore the role and power of the artist in establishing and developing a sense of identity in portraiture. Subjects in these pieces were asked to assert their identities; expressing something that they are and something that they are not. The incorporation of these responses into the context of more traditional portraiture, sometimes directly on top of or integrated into the image, allows for the subjects to assert and project ideas about their identity. These words and their relationship to each other, the image they disrupt, and the responses recorded on other pieces are just as, if not more, revealing of the subject's identity than their physical imagery in the piece. In certain pieces the text functions boldly, a disruptive insertion, in other pieces it functions more subtly, playing on the syntaxical nature of the piece. This variation in the approach to the incorporation of the text invites the viewer to examine the words and their place in defining the subject's identity. The physical act of putting line onto paper and the visible presence of marks also asserts the physical presence and identity of the artist. Mark, erasure and imprint on the paper are worked not only into a portrayal of the subject, but into a register of the artist's influence and place in the work."