101 faces

Monday, November 7th, 2016

  • Parisian street artist Gregos has a rather unique method of creating his artworks. Gregos, born Gregory Bouctot-Charneau, creates identical replicas of his face with different expressions, which he then paints and glues to walls. His work/face can be seen all over Paris, especially around the Montmartre area where he lives.

    In 2014, Gregos created this artwork on a wall in the 4th arrondissement of the city. Titled ‘Nous avons tous grandi dans le corps d’une femme’ (English: We all grew up in the body of a woman), he created it to mark International Women’s Day that year (March 8th). The face of an anonymous woman is made up of 100 casts of his face, hence the title of the piece.

    I get the notion behind the 100 faces forming the larger face of a woman. Yet I still feel somewhat uncomfortable with the fact that 100 male faces make up this one woman’s face. While it would have been out of character for Gregos, it would have perhaps been more fitting if he had used a variety of different people’s faces to make this particular mosaic.

    Be that as it may, I like this piece, and I like the fact that it has stayed in place on the wall. The ephemeral nature of street art is such that works often disappear over time. However, this particular piece has remained untouched by taggers for a relatively long time, which I like to imagine is out of respect for not just the quality of the art, but also the inspiration behind this particular piece.

    Stand where this picture was taken using Google street view.

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