But there is something about straightforward, eyes-directly-at-the-camera, brash in-your-face images that I admire. I'm not quite that daring. Not wanting to be the subject of my own self-portrait is kind of weird, but it is the truth, nonetheless. I make sure to add interest in the backgrounds, looking off or adding a weird face because, well, I think that's more interesting. I don't want anyone to think I'm serious, for crying out loud.
They're really more portraits of my work, but I know that sometimes it starts to seem as though these things I make are produced by disembodied hands when I direct people to my online presence, so I thought I'd put my face here for proof that a human lady-person is attached to those hands.
Also, I get bored at shows sometimes and taking creeper shots of patrons isn't okay.
Whatever...here's a few from the last year and a half.
|Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts, 2013, during rain. Probably FREEZING RAIN.|
|Loaded up and heading to Des Moines, 2013.|
|OKC Festival of the Arts, 2014.|
|Loring Park, Minneapolis, 2014, Day One.|
|Loring Park, Minneapolis, 2014, Day Two.|
|ArtSplash, Sioux City, Iowa, 2014.|
Covering up a zit with that finger.
|Handmade & Vintage Market, Leawood, Kansas,|
last weekend, Day One.
|Handmade & Vintage Market, Leawood, Kansas, |
last weekend, Day Two.
Here are artists who use themselves in their art:
Cindy Sherman (one of my all-time favorites): Untitled Film Stills. THESE ARE NOT SELF-PORTAITS!!
Nina Katchadourian: Lavatory Self-Portraits in the Flemish Style
Elizabeth Layton: although these are drawings, they leave me speechless. She is an inspiration.
Ricky Gervais: not really his medium...but these are ridiculous and I love a person who doesn't take himself seriously. Scroll through his Twitter feed. Lots of him and some palette-cleansing kitty photos, too!