Historically, the painted portrait signifies prestige, beauty and social power. I choose to portray bodies which are often invisible in this culture.
The face is our commonly recognized self – our “mask” of identity. Focusing exclusively on the torso shines a light on a part of the individual that is usually hidden. Each torso bears traces of unique personal experience: tattoos, childbirth, aging, stretchmarks and surgical interventions.
The agency of the model is integral to my work. The sitter's choice to have a portrait done is a courageous act of self-revelation. Portraiture involves participation, collaboration and even performance.
Artist Bio / CV
Clarity Haynes holds an MFA from Brooklyn College, CUNY, a Certificate degree from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and a BA from Temple University, where she studied filmmaking. She has taught and lectured at numerous institutions, including the New York Academy of Art, Brooklyn College, CUNY, Rutgers University, and Adelphi University. Haynes lives and works in Brooklyn, New York, and is a member of the tART collective.