The Altar


Acrylic on Canvas
8"× 10"

The Altar is the first in a triptych titled ‘Selfless’, a grisaille series of self-portraits without the depiction of oneself. The Altar depicts a vanity, dresser and mirror, but its gaze, directed towards the mirror, reflects no one. The human subject, the capturer of the image, is missing, for the main subject of the piece is the furniture and surroundings. The clothing, jewellery, and objects are all part of the artist’s dressing ritual, and therefore expresses the artist’s identity. It is a depiction of him without a depiction of his physical form.

© Dennis Tang 2017