Mccullough Jan

Irlande / Artiste présenté par la Belfast School of Art, University of Ulster (Irlande) / 2014

" Portrait As A Building "

“One always starts work with the subject… and constructs an artificial structure by which one can trap the reality of the subject-matter that one has started from.” – Francis Bacon

Comparing a person with a structure as an apparatus of representation, ’Portrait as a Building’ is a photographic examination of a person’s internal state. Photography is a mechanism for showing things, a device for exposing, yet it is limited in its capacity for description. Shown here is the sculptural equivalent of a person: an exploration of the precarious assemblage that forms private life. Thus the building reveals a more accurate representation than a man’s image on its own.

‘Portrait as a Building’ was awarded the Outstanding Student Work Award by the Royal Ulster Academy of Arts, and is part of the collection of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.