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Richard Westerhuis produces conceptual portraits in limited editions. In his work Richard Westerhuis examines the ambiguity of human identity.

Are we? A question about who we are. How are you? ‘I’m doing fine’. We all know this is not a real answer. It is a conditioned response that is socially acceptable. We put on a mask and give socially desirable answers and show socially acceptable behavior. We play different roles and show the behavior be fitting those roles. But where is our true self? Does it even exist? ‘Know yourself’, Socrates said. It is the most important task in life. Richard Westerhuis experienced the nullity and temporality of human existence during his ocean voyages. Halcyon experiences and memories that are forever stored in his system.