This on-going collection presents pages taken from the various printed materials I employ in my collage works: all showing men in contemplation of a source or body of water: lakes, rivers, sea, water canals or fountains. The men’s absent and missing gaze is left to the viewer’s imagination and interpretation, as most of these men are captured from their back or in profile.
In my wanderings through these visual sources, I was drawn to an image of a monk gazing at the Sea of Galilee. Many related images followed, joining this expanding collection.
My long-term practice of working with ready-mades has taken a shift here, as in this case I leave the images untouched; I separate them from their original context and place them in this collection. Like in my wider body of work, here I too engage the themes of masculinity and the absent gaze. In my collages, the gaze has been “plucked out” and replaced with sleeping eyelids manually drawn, or plant forms surgically scissored and pasted onto the eyes.
This collection of men gaze at water depicts representations of views and viewing in relations to photography, and opens an aperture onto travels and myths.