collaborative self portraits.
A traditional portrait seeks to represent a person’s likeness, relying on poses and expressions to provide insight into the subject. My Collaborative Self Portraits dig deeper into your individual essence, your lived experience, your stories and circumstances to create a truly representative and thought provoking work of art using found imagery, collage and lush explosions of color.
These works transcend barriers and boundaries in order to express and celebrate our shared humanity. I have no doubt that your Collaborative Self Portrait will have a profound effect not just on you, the collaborator, but also on those that view the work.
My current self-portrait series for 2019 is focused on creating a body of work from at least 20 people walking in different worlds: economically, socially, politically, religiously, and beyond. I am aiming for an exhibit in Fall 2019 or Winter 2020. All of the works in this project will include a bio of each participant in a book format that viewers will attempt to match with the works. I want to share that we are all unique - yet on the outside people may be harshly judged OR widely celebrated - but through the universal visual language of art, we can connect in ways beyond that of judgement and insecurity, and be inspired by our common humanity.
Each participating collaborator will receive a professional digital image, their original work, and a set of postcards of all the works, with the simple goal that they will then send the postcards to friends and family - spreading our collective stories even further.
what does it involve?
We will dive into what is a deeply reflective and transformative art making experience. You will create a portrait using collage techniques, exploring symbolic imagery and personal history. During the creation of the portrait, you are invited to discuss your own personal creative needs and receive guidance on living a fulfilling creative life, bringing creativity into your workplace or relationships, and creating your own contemplative art practice.
There is absolutely no experience in any art form necessary.
After we complete the composition of the collaged items, I then complete the piece combining chalk pastel and other mediums. The final work is photographed professionally, with a digital file and options for prints given to the participant.
Our time together will be both therapeutic and transformative. For some collaborators it can be a revelation of sorts, uncovering the creative and artistic aspects of themselves that they may not have realized existed or thought had drained away. Others feel that far more than words, it is visual imagery and symbols that express and translate who they truly are. They are designed to allow space and time for reflection and unburdening and highly recommended for those experiencing times of growth and transition or in need of personal support and nurturing.