Digital Bodies 
Concerning Bodily Structures

Hot Head

Travis LeRoy Southworth


Hot Head, Travis LeRoy Southworth

Hot Head is part of the series Color, Balance that Travis LeRoy Southworth initiated in 2016. The work delves into the digital traces left when retouching portraits and other fashion photographs. With his work, the artist wishes to bring the invisible back to the forefront, ultimately highlighting the not-so-slim nuance between oneself and its digital rendition. With his work, Travis LeRoy Southworth offers a new genre of portraiture. He removes the original subject and experiments with the numerous layers of retouching that hold his Photoshop files instead. The result is an ethereal portrait made of accentuated colours and elements of imperfections. The title of the picture refers to a specific person, however, only characterised through the label "hot head," referring to comments the artist heard working with advertising professionals while retouching the original photograph.

Hot Head on canvas was presented at Southworth's solo exhibition "I Am A Portrait" at Undercurrent, Brooklyn, NY - January 2020 and is available at MoCDA in a limited edition of 10.


Limited Edition

Travis LeRoy Southworth, archival giclée print based on the original pigmented print on canvas, Hot Head, 2017, 12 x 9 inches. Artwork size is 316 x 237mm on paper size 420 x 297mm, hand-numbered in the bottom right in pencil.

Hot Head, Travis LeRoy Southworth, 2016

Art courtesy: Travis LeRoy Southworth