Mike Shaffer 


Greenwich Bay, RI, 2019

Tommy, 2006

Sherry, 2004

Linda, 2001

Technology has enabled ever increasingly detailed images but my aim is to reverse this process by sidestepping ordinary quality photographic and replicating procedures to make commonplace images that are deconstructed so as to be less recognizable so that the degree to which images deviate from their original formats can address issues of identity and recognition. Works in this group are printed on archival paper then mounted on half-inch MDF. All are issued in editions of five. This series was started in the mid-2000s but new images are added periodically.

Sister Six, 2006

The-Man , 2006

Cutie, 2006

Green Irene, 2006

Adam, 2014

While being based on photographs, the works in this series, acquired from various sources and digitally altered, 

in my view, are too different from their original forms to be called 

photographs. Some are based on work with my own camera whereas 

others are appropriated from the electronic and print media. In an effort to present them at close to the size of a normal face, all are 12 x 12 inches. There are currently 80 works in this series.

Oz, 2012

Ed Topless, 2006

Guess Who Two, 2010

Dr. John,  2005

Ray Man, 2004

Installation, Urbana Library, Urbana, MD, 2008

Two Jims, 2004

Installation, Private Residence,

Frederick, MD, 2019