Gatton made a series of influential portrait photo-sculptures, beginning in the 1980s, that involved considerable experimentation with materials. Here is his process.
PUZZLING THE PORTRAIT
Gatton photographs his sitters from all angles, and then makes a portrait sculpture in plaster, clay, papier-mache, cast plastic, or glass.
Gatton collages the photographs of the person onto the surface of the sculpture. Here the portrait begins to come to life.
Imagery is added to express something essential about the person. Here the bits of the playwright’s award winning play are incorporated into the portrait.
THE PORTRAIT OF THE PORTRAIT
Photographs of the final photo-sculpture are then shot from many angles. Images from these shoots are printed on aluminum sheets using dye sublimation, Chromaluxe. Pulling the sculpture visually back to the two dimensional plane brings a unity to the work.