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Contemporary woman artist's collage self-portrait.  On the portrait the artist's face emerges seemingly out of collaged pieces of paper, with a visible part of her shoulders fading back into the background. The expression on the woman's face is both innocent and somewhat surprised.  She is not looking directly at the viewer, but rather up at something invisible to the audience. The painting is mostly made up of collaged assortment of various paper products that usually get recycled or discarded.
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(collage painting on cardboard, 36X48, 2007)

"Shattered Perception"

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."
Pablo Picasso

"Are we to paint what's on the face, what's inside the face, or what's behind it?"
Pablo Picasso

"Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere."
Gilbert K. Chesterton