mixed media

Self Portrait

Something I wrote recently on facebook:

I framed my self-portrait. Feels weird to have framed art that is of ME. There truly is a part of me in all of my art. Sometimes in vague ways, sometimes in obvious ones. But to look at my own face hanging on the wall is…strange. Maybe I am worried that it is pretentious or narcissistic? Maybe it is a measure of my comfort level with myself? But truly, I create art that says something about my life experience always. My call to create is a call to express. And to do that, it helps to embrace the idea of myself as a creator. My self-portrait is a portrait of me, the creator. Me, the symbolist. Me, with flaws. Me, the work in progress. Framing this piece is also a way of embracing myself.

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Hoops and Thread


Another form of art I have been exploring as of late is embroidery. Something I have always wanted to learn and so I am teaching myself. I am trying to play with it more and learning as I go. I find embroidery helpful for those times when I want to make art but I am dealing with stress or exhaustion and thus also want to lie on the couch.