April 28, 2022

What Is The Face You Would Like To Present To The World?


Acrylic, collage and silkscreen print on canvasTo Be Frank, 2022841 x 594 mm (33.1 x 23.4 inches)

When we laugh, we usually laugh together. Someone says something funny and we share a smile. When I asked my friend Frank to show me the face he would like to present to the world – not intended as a joke – he laughed and that made me laugh. Consequently that was the picture I liked best. When someone hurts, either physically or emotionally, they might not be so ready to share it and therefore those around them can be oblivious to their pain. If they do share it, we can empathise, but we’re unlikely to break down in tears. I know that Frank has a back condition and sitting for a photograph may not have been his idea of fun. So I wondered, what is it really like to be Frank? I was delighted that the face he chose to present to the world was a happy one.