The sitter is Sue Tilley, chief benefits officer in a job centre although she is portrayed as an anonymous figure.

The weight of her physicality is put under intense scrutiny, but there is also the contradictory sense of self-containment as she shuts her eyes and nonchalantly ignores the viewer's gaze.


David Case (former director, Marlborough Graphics, London).

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