Spread #5 – Collaborative Self-Portrait July 10, 2008Posted by Orly in Uncategorized.
At one point in time I asked friends, family members and people I related with, near and far, all ages, backgrounds, circumstances, talents, strengths, and personalities, to respond to the challenge of depicting their identity through a self-portrait painting — to set forth a piece of their soul — fixed on a 4” x 4” canvas.
I mostly create in isolation — I couldn’t have imagined the journey of discovery I would be entering. The one area where I feel completely at ease with is the area of self-expression through visual means and wasn’t quite prepared for the unease of others — I came out with tremendous admiration, respect, and gratitude for the part-takers of this project. Moreover, it was evident to me that although most feel uncomfortable seeing themselves as artists — they are.
When looking at the individual canvases it was clear to me — Each one told an honest and beautiful story and together they painted one magnificent portrait of a network, a village, a clan, a tribe — one mighty picture.