Dean Kelland is a UK Based Artist who explores portraiture as a performative practice. His process follows an interdisciplinary approach that encompasses performance, photography, filmmaking, and mixed media processes. It touches on philosophies of identity, cultures of taste, and histories of class identity and structure in order to produce engaging observations of collective cultural identities.
In Falling Slowly (Act III) the artist is presented in the guise of a slapstick comedy performer. Positioned in front of the mirror he engages in an intense process of misidentification where he repetitively seeks to remove his make-up in order to recognise and restore a sense of self. This flawed act is perpetuated by the attempt to remove the make-up from the reflected face. This new work is part of a series that addresses comedy and pain and is in response to the artist’s ongoing residency at the Birmingham & Midland Institute UK.