self

self

Self portraits in pastel, gouache, oil, graphite, ink, charcoal and plasticine.

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It’s difficult to make a self portrait that suggests anything more than intense concentration. So there is always the search to find ways of saying something more. “Self portrait showing teeth” evolved from an idea of combining both the reflection in the mirror and the work being made in response to that reflection. The intention was that one image would be an objective depiction and the other image would be an expressive interpretation. But I found that other than their size, they looked exactly the same- a tautology. Showing my teeth became a solution- a pre-brush habit of the morning- monitoring the condition of the structure under the surface. An act of enquiry rather than aggression. So the work grew and changed as pieces of paper were added to enlarge or conceal. It was time consuming and spanned several changes in hair length!