Our book club is reading and working through Mixed-Media self-portraits by Cate Coulacos Prato. We have completed Chapter 1, which is all about the artist’s self-portrait and why we would should consider doing them.
There was much talk about the history of self-portraits and some of the famous artists that devoted a lot of time to creating self-portraits. Of course, very often it was due to the fact that painting yourself was easier & cheaper to do than hiring models and paying them to sit for you. But sometimes it was about ego, sometimes it was about self-reflection, sometimes it was about exploration, and sometimes it was about self-promotion. I’m pretty sure nothing much has changed about this. 🙂
Part of Chapter 1 shares some current artist’s self-portraits and essays about their work and their process. It does require a brave person to share your flaws, your accomplishments, your fears, your dreams, your issues, your emotions, your SELF, with all the world. How much of our self are we willing to expose to public scrutiny? How honest will we be with our viewers?
Which brings me to my next point – how does our self-perception differ from other people’s perceptions of us? And is one more accurate than the other? I’m pretty sure that most of us would not recognize ourselves were we to look through somebody else’s eyes. I remember doing an exercise for a college class I was taking. We were supposed to write down how we saw ourselves. Then we were supposed to ask family or friends to share how they saw us. And then compare the two versions. I think it was quite enlightening for most of the students, and also somewhat surprising what was revealed. Perhaps this an exercise worth doing again?
Have you ever created a self-portrait? Did you like doing it? What did you learn about yourself? Please share your thoughts.
The next book club meeting is on March 28th at 1pm. You can join the discussion in person or here on the blog. We will be reading Chapter 2 of the book pgs 36-73, and doing the exercises.
Let Your Inner Artist Out To Play
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