Art Study: Expressionist to Contemporary Selfie

Here's my expressive self-portrait done from memory. #selfie #drawing #blue

Here’s my expressive self-portrait done from memory. #selfie #drawing #blue

SelfiePastel on paper12x18 inchesOctober 2016Our final studio session for the art retreat was to do a self-portrait in the now, to find the thin line of quiet between the art that pushes and the art that pulls (according to James Joyce, this is where proper art resides). Using a photo reference as an initial guide, I just let myself play and this came out. It's like an amalgam of all the recent art periods in one, with the 21st century felt in the selfie pose. The nagging questions that I still carry with me: what is contemporary art? Even modern art is old already! And how do we, as artists, create art that is future-oriented?#selfie #contemporary #art #artph #drawing

Selfie
Pastel on paper
12×18 inches
October 2016

Our final studio session for the art retreat was to do a self-portrait in the now, to find the thin line of quiet between the art that pushes and the art that pulls (according to James Joyce, this is where proper art resides). Using a photo reference as an initial guide, I just let myself play and this came out. It’s like an amalgam of all the recent art periods in one, with the 21st century felt in the selfie pose. The nagging questions that I still carry with me: what is contemporary art? Even modern art is old already! And how do we, as artists, create art that is future-oriented?

#selfie #contemporary #art #artph #drawing