Turbans series

This series of tiny portraits each wears a turban. This simple device puts the wearer out of time, hairstyles can be dated but Turbans can reference painters that span the centuries, Van Eyck (1400s), Vermeer (1600s) Ingres (1800s) Sonia Boyce (now) to name but a few.

The faces are almost a blank canvas that express an emotion or a story that is vague and elusive and keeps you guessing. You can keep coming back to them and read something different every time. The turban could be a symbol of high status, of servitude or even just a towel or cloth wrapping — another thing that adds to the ambiguity and layers of meaning.