Having a good bone structure and petite features, Sophie Derrick’s head lends itself to self-portraiture. But hers becomes masked and obscured. Derrick smears her head in Vaseline, paints thick layers of oil paint directly onto her head, takes hundreds of photographs, whilst adding more paint or different colours, then adds more paint to the printed image. The effect is startling but beautiful. She undertakes commissions – most recently for the musician, Fyfe – but the goal is different since the sitter invariably wants the image to look like himself, unlike Derrick’s own images, where she makes herself into an object, where she becomes the painting.
Hedge, issue 31, August 2014, pp58-64
Sophie Derrick, Principissa Magnus, 2013
Digital print on archival paper with overlying acrylic paint
74 x 49 x 1.5 cm
Courtesy of the artist and DegreeArt.com