When I showed friends they loved it and wanted to have a go themselves. Soon after, someone alerted me to another artist, Nina Katchadourian, who had done something similar in the toilet of a long haul flight. I thought at the time it would be great to make something of it, but couldn’t think of the right context for it.
When London Drawing was asked to run workshops in the Reading Room at Wellcome Collection, the ‘Face niche’ part of the room seemed perfect for this little project. The book we found in there on Cindy Sherman played a big part too: her work on the changing of identity, taking on a character and using the frame of the photograph as a way of playing with real life, twisting it into something uncanny, real but unreal, character portraits of character types, seemed the perfect catalyst.