This series of drawings represent the beginning of the Tangles concept. Lines drawn with black pen create webs of people, layered and intersecting, in differing scales, some receding, others popping out to the forefront. Upon closer inspection, the people are actually celebrities tangled together, some instantly recognizable, others less so. By reducing celebrities to only lines, grouping them with many others, decreasing their size and eliminating color and many details, their star power is deflated, making them very one dimensional representations of people. The viewer is forced to question who they are; recognizing even one essentially implicates them in the same cult of celebrity so many frown upon.

All are pen on 22″ x 30″ Rives BFK paper.

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