Series | Portrait with Matches

When this series of portrait drawings began, I wanted to hide the subject’s face from the viewer -- not with a mask, but with a forest of objects that would sandwich the figure between the foreground and background.  I am interested in the form of the paper match and how this unpredictable object can hold the potential for something much more intense and how a group of them can create a kind of rhythm across the expanses of the composition as they relate to the static unmoving figure.  Each person, seeking security behind the objects and what they imply, sits precariously protected within the space that is defined by the objects in front and the shimmering scribbled wall behind.