440 drawings, pencil on paper, each drawing 50mm X 37.5mm, frame size 2122mm X 744mm
Accompanying video animation, presented on iPad, 21 minute loop
Installation shots of Louis
For the making of this project Goodwin accompanied Louis in different situations over an 18 month period, closely observing his activities and daily routines, for example when at home, at work, in meetings, during meals, in the gym, watching a film or driving his car. Although occasionally alone, he was mostly drawn in the company of others, either one person or a combination of people, all with different relationships with him, for example work colleagues, his trainer, members of his family, his wife, his son, his daughters, his father, his mother or his friends.
Through this activity Goodwin made 440 small pencil drawings, for the majority of the time drawing back and forth between the subject and the individuals he came into contact with, some of the drawings are only a few lines, others are more worked up. Goodwin presents the drawings in two ways: inanimate, in a frame, mounted in the order that they were made and secondly as an animation, in which the drawings are sequenced in multiple combinations to further explore, reflect on and draw out nuances contained within the individual drawings and relationships between them.
Louis considers the idea that a portrait is never adequate to the task of portraying an individual. It still remains that many aspects and subtleties of each interaction are concealed or incomplete, however, it seems possible that these absences are active spaces for the imagination. The composite 'portrait' considers how individuality is expressed and defined by one's relationships with others.