NH DePass
B: 1990
New Orleans, LA

“So with most of the pieces that you reference, they are portraits of people in my life… Initially I was really interested in the idea, a non-figurative portrait. I was curious about the challenge, of how do you make a portrait of someone and not show what they look like physically because that’s what we know of as portraiture… is here’s a picture of a person and you’re wearing this and you look like this and its staged. I was thinking that if you potentially got rid of that altogether then you might have a better time conveying their essence as opposed to just what they look like… I think because they are people, there’s a heartbeat.”