Language and Chaos (1989-1990), Mike Parr
Mike Parr’s self portrait is one that attempts to map the interactions of mind and body, the conscious and the unconscious. It is not a solipsistic search for the self but rather an attempt to explore the human condition and how the personal informs the political. In his self-portrait prints, Parr takes his own image and twists, stretches and defaces it. They are scratched and scarred; marked by acts of aggression and violence. The concept of identity, then, constantly shifts and mutates — unfolds and buckles.