Self-Portrait with Postcards
acrylic on canvas
59 x 48 in.
I am an obsessive self-portraitist. I found that I could say what I wished to say by looking at myself and my surroundings. I could claim my personhood as a woman, my identity as an artist and have a conversation with art history. I could comment on society’s obsession with youth; and object to its narrow gendered conceptions of feminine beauty.
Much of my work employs the use of mirrors, the metaphorical use of mirroring and the use of other objects in combinations I find meaningful.
Consequently, my realist self-portraits honor a long-standing tradition of the representation of the figure as well as provide a conceptual statement about the nature of pictures and picturing.
© Davida Schulman