Inspiration for my self-portrait series (2009) occurred during a conversation with Carl Morris, one of the founders of Sleeveface.com. A website (and book) dedicated to documenting the cultural phenomena Sleeveface:
one or more persons obscuring or augmenting any part of their body or bodies with record sleeve(s) causing an illusion
I wanted a creative way to express different parts of my personality and my ways of seeing and being in the world, but I didn’t want to use my face. With a large part of my public self in academia and many other parts expressed and embodied in different ways in other areas, I yearned for a creative way to express the multiplicity of my identity. Carl encouraged me to create a Sleeveface. I visited a number of record stores, and searched online to select the four sleeves I use in this series.