Merilyn Fairskye is a Sydney-based artist whose artwork encompasses a broad range of media and methods from public artwork to video installations, films and photo-based works.
Her series After Image is a meditative work on the nature of looking and being looked at. By denying the viewer eye contact with the subjects, she asks us to consider what it is that makes a portrait and how we come to know someone. These works are part of a long-term exploration of the landscape of the face.
The subjects are mostly unknown people from a wide spectrum of racial and social origins who are instructed to adopt a neutral expression and to close theireyes before being photographed.