My first response to the brief was to test the classical approach to self-portraiture – in other words to paint a (flattering but casual) version of myself using a (digital) looking glass by means of a (selfie) stick plus brush and then to (post-) display it in the (social media) gallery space. Then a friend facebooked me and posted an image of my face superimposed on the painting Infanta Margaritta by Velasquez.
While answering the brief itself, the image became the starting point for the resultant series of paintings that attempt to encode the act of representing one’s self – the art of making a selfie. In these paintings I self-consciously fashion myself from someone else’s digital depiction of me, then exhibit the hand painted constructions offline.
|Feeling Important - 76 x 76 cm, oil on canvas|
|Lost in The Middle of Attention - 101 x 80 cm, oil on canvas|