The Easel

Chantal Joffe’s Many Faces

Joffe likes fashion mags – she gets ideas for portraits. That’s where the fashion connection ends. Her portraits, mostly women, are candid, expressive of personality, life stages, relationships. Her current show of self-portraits fits this mould. “When a woman looks at herself, [she assesses herself against] the flawless face we all carry around inside the handbag of our heads.”