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(collage painting on cardboard, 36X48, 2007)
Just as Frida Kahlo I frequently use myself as a subject for my paintings. I'm fully aware that painting more than (let's say) a dozen self-portraits might seem a bit self-obsessive to some. I've also pondered whether repeatedly painting myself is a manifestation of hidden narcissism or if it's something else. I've questioned whether there is any significant difference between me and a high-school girl constantly asking everyone to take pictures of her with a smart phone.
Drum roll, please! I came to a conclusion that although I do really like myself and have a (perfectly healthy) desire to leave some kind of a legacy by preserving my mug for posterity, my self-depicting is mostly opportunistic in its nature. The reality is that I'm always available as a model, I'm easy to work with and to quote Ms. Kahlo: "I'm the subject I know best."
"I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them."
"Are we to paint what's on the face, what's inside the face, or what's behind it?"
"Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere."