In 1j (Whacked out), there is a knowing look on the face of this young woman. She knows she is on camera — as in – on camera most of the time voluntarily as well as involuntarily. She is comfortably going through the act of presenting and representing herself constantly. Monday, for instance, she was sex kitten. Tuesday she was classical woman. Wednesday rock diva. Thursday the regular Jane, and this Friday, she is unapologetically whacked out in some outrageous gear to cause a stir and sensation at a party.

An unprecedented surveillance culture and economy has emerged, in which people actively participate as digital selfie nomads and engage in the surveillance of others through social media. One could fear that this act of presenting and representing oneself so intensely, may lead to an epidemic rise in pathological narcissism as a consequence.

This woman resides in a metropolis, and you encounter her in the cool light of a subway metro. A metro station full of grafitti-tagged and chloride cleansed tiles.

In the series Narcipolis, you can find more paintings like this one.

Title/Titel/Titel/Títolo #1j, Oil on canvas/ Öl auf Leinwand/olie på lærred/Óleo sobre tela 100x100cm.

Acquired in April 2021 by a private collector in Kolding, Denmark.

narcipolis in situ