This is one of my new series of portraits with modern technology attributes. I’ve been fascinated by attributes in historical portraiture for a while now, and this body of work is my attempt to play with this traditional aspect of portraiture in a present-day context. I am using a very narrow range of gagets as attributes during this first series; the items are all highly personal and so modern that they place the portrait firmly in the present; most of the objects did not exist a year or two ago, and thus these paintings also could not have existed until now.
Once I had conceived of the project, I knew that one of the portraits would have to be of my friend Anita and her BlackBerry. Several years ago, hers was the first BlackBerry I used (it was an older model, equipped with one of those wacky nipple-like navigation nubs). We were on a train trying to find out the score from a World Cup soccer game, I think.
What’s the piece of technology you use the most?