This image, which I made for assignment 5, is one where I can see the influence of Gillian Wearing’s series signs that say what you want them to say.
The image above was also made during the period when I was considering what to photograph for assignment 5. I knew I wanted to make a series that was concerned with my own identity but I was looking for the way in, the start. I remember getting quite frustrated with trying to visualize the series and then I just decided to start work on the different ideas that I had. The rest just went from there. Actually it was the photographs of myself in the background that gave me the idea for one of the images that is in the finished series.
And this was starter image, my way in. I had been reading about Gregory Crewsden and how his father was a psychotherapist, which had given him an interest in Frued, which in turn led me to read Dream Psychology. In it Freud talks about dreams concerned with bathing and water being about birth, that gave me the idea to use the bathroom.
The next image is the one with the jigsaw piece. I tried this several different ways. The idea behind it really is how we are a puzzle to ourselves, when I look back at old photographs of myself, I don’t recognise the person (me) in the images. I was looking for a way to express that and I hit on the idea of the jigsaw which I ordered online.