Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Selfportraits, an exercise

Self portraits are wonderfully cathartic, probably why van Gogh did so many of them, Rembrandt too. It is amazing how it affects the artist. This one I did in 2002, in a particularly nasty emotional state. I'd like to see how the rest of you see yourselves.



At 9:23 PM, Blogger Heather Blakey said...

Self portraiture is incredibly therepeutic Aletta and I am intrigued by this set. Have you ever had a look at how I have done self portraiture using mannequins?

I have depicted myself differently using three different mannequins. I have represented myself as an Amazonian Warrior; a Raven Queen and as Brigit the goddess who presided over creativity. Clearly humility is not one of my strengths. :-)

At 5:17 PM, Blogger aletta said...

I will have a look, sounds intriguing.

At 5:26 PM, Blogger aletta said...

I've had a look and thoe are quite marvelous. Just how exactly does one go about sourcing a mannequin? some years ago I had one half (the bottom) of a mannequin, which I used as a planter in my dance studio.

At 4:45 AM, Blogger Heather Blakey said...

I am not sure about Canada but here in Melbourne there are stores that sell store mannequins. I buy through a crowd called Oswald Sealy and a mannequin like this costs about $15 AUS. I am currently running a project with a group of women using pregnant mannequins. The idea is to explore creative birthing - seeing a new project from seed to completion. I also plan to do a project with Grade 6 students using child forms and we will pack up their childhood before moving off to Secondary School.


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