Mannequin Workers

  • The Mannequin series came about after a commission for The Guardian Fashion Magazine in  a North London mannequin factory.  What fascinated me was the macabre feel of the location.  Limbs, heads and torsos were stacked on racks and packed into boxes, dummies standing in formation waiting to be shipped out or looming in the shadows of spray rooms.
    I was also intrigued by the workers interaction with the mannequins.  I loved the way they handled the naked forms, carried and worked on them with spray guns, sanders and staplers, making these beautiful sculptured forms seem even more vulnerable.  I wanted my portraits to look at their desensitised relationship with these human forms.