99 portraits is my visual response to Raymond Queneau’s Exercises in Style, a book in which the author retells the same short story in 99 different ways. I read the book, but what exactly had I read? For with each variation, the notion of a single story faded ever more into the background. The real story existed in the variations as a whole. I wondered if I could do something similar in pictorial form. Thus began my series of drawn “exercises”, based on a portrait of the author.