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These works are part of a research project exploring the relationship of portraiture and biography using oral history. “Working alongside an oral historian alters the traditional relationship that exists between the artist and sitter, and listening to the sitter’s story while I paint and draw has become integral to my process. With the sitter’s engagement with the interviewer, the artist becomes a secondary presence – not quite invisible but certainly not the focus of attention – leaving me free to witness the changes of expression and shifting body positions as the narrative unfolds its varying emotions and pace At each sitting, I complete one study of the head.” Tate Project Page