Selves in Spaces

  Another interesting way of doing self-portraits (or portraits generally, for that matter) is to focus on the home space, the studio space or the work space. The idea is earth-shatteringly simple: the places we inhabit most of the time contain a part of our essence and act like mirrors that reflect the bigger question of True Identity. For example, there are two places excluding work that I inhabit and feel like they reflect back at me my own identity.Read more

Selves in Portrait

Like the art of journal-keeping, the art of the self-portrait is a time-honoured way of following the sense we have of our Self over time. Generally speaking, they are not about narcissism or pathological self-love or self-obsession. Rather, the art of the self portrait is about attention to the many ways we exist in the world and as such, is a meditation on identity. Pathological narcissism (WARNING : shrink talk imminent) is about creating a defensive carapace that tries toRead more

selfies

Self portraits are a very old subject matter for painters. What should be understood is that most are not about rabid narcissism. They are really a form of self-confrontation, or an attempt to properly see and capture who that person is you carry around with you day to day. They are also a form of self-revealing, a way to throw off the defensive layers we also wear on a daily basis, to reveal the naked truth of one’s identity. IRead more

Guru of Not Knowing

It’s possible to do a self-portrait with a slightly self-deprecating style. This was done around 2008 and at the time, I must have been reading a lot of Eastern philsophy, which is dominated by the wisdom of gurus. As my method of painting is to access the Unconscious and to let come what may, it’s possible for unexpected work to appear. As a post facto interpretation. having no arms suggests an absence. It contrasts with the associations of the guruRead more