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Haunting Headless Portraiture

Amin Rehman 'Windows' is an Eerie Take on Mannequins

— May 2, 2012 — Art & Design
Toronto-based artist Amin Rehman explores the world of shop displays through his collection 'Windows.' This collection features gloomy, eerie and haunting depictions of the often-glamorized and idolized mannequin. Many of the pieces are reminiscent of what one might find in a horror film, no doubt adding to the appeal and curiosity of the viewer to understand these works.

Rehman’s haunting headless collection consists of 6 pieces. These piece depict both male and female mannequin forms in a variety of poses, each with different outfits. These decapitated figures are the main subject of Rehman’s pieces and reflect a morbid perspective of shop displays. Rehman reduces the accessorized mannequin to a headless body of a creepy and unsettling nature.

This simplistic and raw collection deconstructs the mannequin and the politics of the department store shop display. In his artist statement, Rehman explains that the paintings were a representation of “competing window displays in store fronts located in and around his neighborhood.” This collection is just one expression of Amin Rehman’s boundless artistic genius. Rehman has also experimented with installations and performance pieces.