In 1707, Thomas Blount’s Glossographia Anglicana Nova defined the word image as “(Latin), an artificial resemblance either in painting or sculpture.”
Historically a portrait or sculpture was privately commissioned, often to mark an important milestone or event. Consent was required. Only the privileged could portray their image, which was carefully cultivated for status.
Today creating your image occurs through free social media sites. Your status is no longer defined financially.
The people in this portrait series are all artists and have all given their consent. Normally we see only their art, which shows us the world through their individual eyes. Here, they are the art. These portraits are a metaphor for consent.