Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Self Portraits

Over the years I've done a few self portraits in different media. The other day I noticed, for the first time in a couple months, the most recent one, which is what got me thinking it would be neat to see all of them in one place -- all three of them.

This one here is from 1974. I made it in the very first weaving class I ever took. It's a tapestry done on a small frame loom. The hair is one of my first handspun yarns. Interestingly, my hair, now, kinda looks like this -- brown with some gray. I was living in Ben Lomond, in the Santa Cruz mountains, at the time.

The drawing here was done in 1978 when I was living on Maui. I was taking a drawing class at an estate-turned-art center there called Kalua Nui. I rarely draw anymore but there is a quality that I like about my drawings. It would be an excellent thing for me to do as a meditation, because it requires so much focus on the present moment and looking at precisely what's in front of my eye.

This last piece was done last year, 2007, as part of a project for an art group I sometimes attend, called the ABC Group, or Altered Book and Collage Group. The "canvas" is a 2x2 inch slide mount, covered with handmade paper and glitter glue. The photo of me is from 1977, on Maui, photocopied recently. The copper wire and beads are a perfect representation of my hair.
I'm curious whether I have any other representations of myself so I'm going to look around. I have a feeling I may find a number of things that I feel speak of different parts of myself although they may not look like portraits, per se. At any rate, I do enjoy using unusual media to show my many faces to the world.


Irene said...

I especially like the embellished slide as I love anything done up with a little bling. I think the drawing is well done, but it doesn't do you justice and the tapestry is well done, but maybe more a caricature of you.

It will be interesting to see what else you find.

Maggie's Farm said...

Your picture frame is wonderful. I'm inspired to make some for myself. What do you use for backing? Love your blog, glad I found it!

Connie Rose said...

Glad to have you on board, Maggie. The "frame" is a 2" x 2" slide mount, one of the older cardboard ones. They are hinged, so are actually 2 pieces that size, attached, that open out. I like covering the entire thing, inside and out, with handmade paper, and then orienting them either horizontally or vertically, depending on what I'm using them for. A lot of artists who use them mount a picture inside and the fasten them flat, then mount that piece onto something else. Me, I prefer utilizing their stand-up-ability as is.

Since you're interested, I'll photograph the other pieces I did at the same time as the self portrait, and post them soon.

Meg said...

Blogger may be doing that Known Problem thing where photos don't show up. Might have to come back.