PORTRAITS FROM THE NEW AGE

New Age Portraits by John Bonath
New Age Portraits by John Bonath
New Age Portraits by John Bonath
New Age Portraits by John Bonath
New Age Portraits by John Bonath
New Age Portraits by John Bonath
New Age Portraits by John Bonath
New Age Portraits by John Bonath
New Age Portraits by John Bonath

The garment that grows to the skin and the shirt that cannot be torn from the body are metaphors for the risk of identifying with a facade too much and conforming to other peoples views. In such cases, one’s true identity may be stilted and wither away for lack of contact with the outside world.

Mud is used on one hand to represent the primal nature or primeval origin of our human nature. On the other hand mud is used to symbolize the deterioration of inner, individual character caused by the dominance of an exterior persona. In contrast to the form of the flesh, the clothes (social uniform) impose a facade that establishes and defines the role of what society expects.

The conflict created by what the world demands can be illustrated by the example of the performer and his role, in opposition to the individual himself (ie. the clown syndrome).

In the most extreme scenarios, society evolves a particular persona past the human into the realm of icon and icon worship (ie. Marilyn). On the more common level of stigma, society imposes a negative persona on an individual (ie. fat or gay). The context of this series lies somewhere in the mainstream between extremes. This work is meant to simply ask the question “Who are we?” and “What is the process that forms an individuals self identity within a given social structure?”.

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