I am a fan of all the fine arts and I hope this body of work both pokes fun at some of the “’star quality’, talent or success” that has not yet rubbed off on me in addition to making viewers consider what fame and success means and how it can be attained/evaluated.
What is currently compelling to me is "our" pervasive cybernetic mode to fame/celebrity/success, which plunks copying and makes originality a romantic notion. As an artist and as an individual this seems wrong.
In a world where it seems that it is becoming common for people to augment their appearance to look more like some "celebrity", I am intrigued by the notion that looking like someone might in someway make you actually become more like them.
Throughout my life I have been inspired and respected many famous people. To see if there might be some truth in this notion, I started taking self portraits of me using nothing other than face paint and props to find out if their talent might rub off on me? Would I achieve their level of success?
To date, I have done over 500 of impersonations. I am not aware of any of their "star quality", talent or success having rubbed off on me yet.