Untitled (Laure and Mother in the Grass, diptych)
Silkscreen, ink, wash and graphite on paper
19 x 32 inches (48.3 x 81.3 cm)
Image courtesy of Candice Madey, New York
Darrel Ellis (b. 1958, New York – d. 1992, New York) created an approach to portraiture that aligned him with a Pictures generation investigation of media appropriation but with his own family history and identity as a subject. This diptych image of his sister and mother in the grass both silkscreens a found photograph as well as reproduces it in ink.
Ellis developed a unique process whereby he cast projections of found photographs, such as those taken by his late father, onto the walls of his studio and then re-photographed them from different heights and angles and varying levels of exposure. The results images compose a deconstructed, and re-imaged family history, creating uncanny portraits marked by voids and distended proportions.
Ellis died of AIDS in 1992.
Other works by Darrel Ellis
Self-portrait (c. 1991)