Irenee Shaw- Statement ( 1997)
People deprived of their history can make up their own, and what better
job can there be for an artist shifting through the anxieties of a Post-Colonial society, where the divide between myth and actual experience often disintegrates and we find ourselves in a unique contemporary space. Over the years, I have been developing a series of self portraits, which are highly personalized and subjective attempts at analyzing the cultural climate in which I exist.
While most times we are comfortable with the female face and figure being observed through various forms of art, in this work, I am insisting that the person who has been observing her self (the subject) and the maker of the subject are the same. Because of this, I have concentrated on my own mirror image. I have gone further into this to the point that the investigations rarely shifted from my own body.