Graphite on vellum

In molecular biology transformation is genetic alteration of a cell resulting from the direct uptake, incorporation and expression of exogenous genetic material from its surroundings and taken up through the cell membrane(s). Moments of transformation are constantly happening.  This ongoing process, even though we might not be aware of it, is happening to each and every one of us, even at a molecular level.  

I am interested in identity as a person’s conception and expression of their individuality or group affiliations, and how it affects them and their perceptions on the larger scale.  I would interpret ‘transformation’ within this vein of thought- how we interact with one another because of our identities, and how our identities and interactions might transform our perceptions.  

This work was created in residency for 21 Artists: Blackfriars from 29 April -17 May, 2013 in London, where I invited visitors to have their portraits drawn. Each participant was also asked to answer one question: “How do you identify yourself?”.  

The portraits and statements were then hung separately and at random. By removing the direct link between the statements of identity and the sitters’ physical appearance, we are challenged in our perceptions- to transform the way in which we view others. 

21 Artists showcases artists from a vast array of creative disciplines in alternative spaces to celebrate the creative process, collaborate and explore ways that artists, communities and visionaries can work together to revitalise communities and empty spaces.

© Sara Dziadik 2023