french photographer david bertram has created an intimate photographic series entitled ‘claytime’. the collection of images picture ‘portraits of self-portraits’ as each of the twelve sitters wear self-formed clay masks of their own likeliness, visualized within their homes by the artist. In ‘claytime’, bertram deconstructs the conception of portraiture in art as necessitating a clear view of the sitter’s eyes in order to see his/her ‘inner truth’. the series is the photographer’s investigation of this particular photographic staple, offering a psychologically focused approach enabled through the use of the individual’s own materialized perception of themselves in combination with a particularly evocative setting. bertram’s work is informed by an exercise in psychoanalysis in which the patient is asked to model his/her own face from a piece of clay in order to unconsciously bring to light his/her own interaction with his/her traits, fears, complex and psychic identity for his/her analyst.
Roberto Kusterle was born in Gorizia ( Italy ) in 1948.
Since the Seventies he works within the field of the Visual Arts, devoting himself to painting and installation works. Since 1988 his interest for photograhy begins, that has become his primary way to express himself. He lives and works in Gorizia.