Spread #46- Portrayal of Self April 5, 2009Posted by Orly in Spreads.
Federico Felini once said: “Even if I set out to make a film about a fillet of sole it would be about me”. It is only in recent years that I’ve embraced this vision as my own. Before that I looked at the subject of self-portraiture in the traditional way, which is depicting one’s face on a canvas. You must admit, it is a daunting undertaking for anyone unless self-portraiture is something one is trained to do. That’s why I’ve readily adobted Felini’s statement suggesting that my ‘self’ is to be found in anything that I create. And now I find it important to relieve the uneasiness of my students right from the start. I’d like them not to worry about painting or drawing their faces accurately on their journal pages, and that it is okay not to have their faces on their page all together…It’s not the face we are after, it’s a piece of soul. The only difference I see is that when you are set to do a self-portrait you look at yourself more intently than when you are focused on another theme. In self-portrait YOU are the theme! This piece has started its life in the self-portrait class with a few creative beings and has spilled over to this digital spread. This is for those who attended yesterday’s class and came up with wondrous pages bursting of vibrant selves (: for those who did not make it and would like to have a go at it on their own and to those loyal visitors of my blog…I hope I inspire you today to go ahead and make a film about a fillet of sole…Oops, I mean soul.
Footnote: Speaking of creative beings…Please go visit Rachel’s new and fresh blog and support her beauty-full artistic endeavor.