En Face is an ongoing project that uses materials native to communication technology—specifically, fibre-optic cable—as a sculptural medium. This material is employed to create a series of light sculptures of the human body in traditional portrait compositions.
The experiential aim of this body of work is best expressed through The French term “en face” which translates to “facing forward.” The phrase is employed here in reference to the traditional ways of engaging with two-dimensional artworks. The typical arrangement between static viewer and static artwork is the paradigm which the works in this series aim to challenge. In these sculptures, an image is created by manipulating a glowing optical cable and by “drawing” with three-dimensional loops. However, in order to fully comprehend and recognize it one has to stand “face to face” to the piece, since the outlines change as one moves around the sculpture. Additionally, each piece possesses two states of expression, showing one image in bright lighting conditions and another in dim light.