Kane Lawton

When I see elderly people I see the stories of their lives embodied in their wrinkles. Through these works I want people to reflect on who they may become through ageing. To do so, I painted portraits of my fellow students – the participants – and projected the signs of ageing into their faces. As such, each portrait has become a kind of aged doppelganger. A written reflection detailing the participant’s feelings about ageing is displayed alongside each portrait. In years to come, my participants – who will have reached the maturity of their painted selves – will be invited to meet with me and look
upon their portraits. Just as time capsules can be buried or sealed in a vault, the work documents ageing of perspectives as well as the physical body.

New Age (detail from series) 2017 acrylic on board 81x 59cm

New Age (detail from series) 2017 acrylic on board 81x 59cm