This ballpoint pen self portrait, ‘Unprecedented Facial Hair’, epitomises lockdown fatigue. Over the past year; phrases such as ‘uncertain’ or ‘unprecedented times’ have been used ad nauseum. The gestful expression on the subject’s face whilst wearing an avocado shower cap, looks to introduce levity as a vehicle to express the apathy felt by many in this current paradigm of political mistrust and social unrest.
During this most recent & longest lockdown in the UK, the importance of positivity in response to the mundanity of the seemingly perpetual isolation is imperative. The experimental and unprecedented choice of sporting a moustache for several weeks was an attempt at gaining an iota of control, a sentiment that can be understood by all of us during this tragic period in human history.