The Works of Allison Diaz

September 14, 2012

Allison Diaz is a San Francisco-based collage artist who has created a series of photographic work that focuses on the shifting perspectives of identity and the way we perceive ourselves and others.The inspiration behind Diaz's series entitled Haunted Mirrors came after she heard a story about two star crossed lovers who were in the middle of breaking up...


“A couple of months ago, I heard a story on National Public Radio about Prosopagnosia, or “face blindness.” It’s a psychological disorder that, for the man in the story, made it impossible for him to recognize even his girlfriend. The story ended with them breaking up, and while the girlfriend would sometimes walk by the cafe he worked at and see him, he never realized it was her. After that, I wanted to play with the brain’s perception of faces. The first piece I made was a combination of a male and female face. The original portraits came from a cigarette ad in a 70s Life Magazine. They were both perfect, both respectively very masculine and feminine…”