elainedesterreart

original expressionist/surreal visual art.

Self-Portrait as Allegory of Painting (revisited)

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Behind the Mask, 2014

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Behind the Mask, 2014-16, oil on gesso and intaglio, 36×24 cm

Untitled

Lost Mirror Image, 2014, mixed media 35×25 cm

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Lost Mirror Image, 2014-16, mixed media, 35×25 cm

I returned to a small group of self-portraits that were out of sight for two years. The self-portrait image began as an intaglio print which I retained in these compositions. I gessoed the printmaking paper and then applied oil paint as a medium in which to complete the imagery that was about the self-portrait function as an allegory of the painting process. hence images of lights, mirrors, spectacles and imagery that alluded to the presence of absence of light.

I try to create the process of looking because as we turn away from the mirror image  (reverse) the artist ‘carries’ its memory to the brain which then has to be rearranged into something before hand and brush or which ever implement is used, moves. We don’t see ourselves as others see us.

 

Author: elainedesterre

I have been producing oil paintings, mixed media, prints (etching), digital prints and drawings for many years travelling to the Australian outback and overseas for inspiration and further education. My formal education consists of a PhD in painting and a BA in printmaking and my artwork is represented in public and private collections. My purpose and ongoing challenge is to create a gender-balanced and environment-focused iconography within the Western canon of European oil painting. These themes find expression within imagery about time, memory and identity as well as in geomorphology of evolutionary and environmental significance.

8 thoughts on “Self-Portrait as Allegory of Painting (revisited)

  1. I love these! Beautiful artworks. and I love the thinking processes that are evident behind the images. Things emerge, evolve. spring forth from one thought and idea to another…. I enjoy seeing this. Thank you for sharing. 🙂

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  2. I shared this on my Printmaking board with your name, your website link info, as I find your work quite stunning and want others to see your beautiful art too. If, you want if off my Print board pinterest…. just tell me & I will. But, your work is awesome. and more people, need to see!! 🙂

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