Many Faces

Andrew Thornton


Allegory Gallery
Ligonier, PA, United States

3 x 2 x 0.25 inches

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Photo credit: William Jones

As a gay, person of color, most of my life has been a game of translation. I looked at life (and myself) through the lens of others. In my most recent series of self-portraits, I seek to explore my identity on my own terms. In this broach, antique shell cameos are bezel-set on my sawn out silhouette. I call this piece, “Many Faces” and is commentary on how we all wear different personas depending on the situation. Some may say that that is being inauthentic, however, I tend to think that we are a sum of our parts and each face is a facet of our character. In creating this piece, I couldn’t help but think of reading L. Frank Baum as a child and the character, Princess Langwidere, who could swap out and change her head. At the time, it fueled nightmares. Now I see that we are all complicated shapeshifters, wearing masks on top of masks and being the heroes of our own stories.

Andrew Thornton is a professional fine artist, trained at the School of Visual Arts. He works in painting, collage, metalsmithing, sculpture, and jewelry. His work explores identity through magical realism and fantasy. He is the Co-Owner and Creative Director of Allegory Gallery and was appointed to the board of Touchstone Center for Crafts.

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