selfies

Added on by Taylor Greenfield.

I haven't drawn a self portrait in long, long time.  I'm going on nearly a decade without drawing my face.  But how?  How did I get through art school without one, or two, or seventy? 

Simple.  I'm just not all that fond of drawing myself.  In my figure drawing classes, I outsourced the modeling for all my homework projects... it's a wonder my family and friends still put up with me.  Hours and hours of sitting still while my pencil and I scratched along from across the room.  I sat looking intensely at their bodies and faces, unblinkingly recording their every bump and fold, when I could have just as easily sat in front of the full length mirror in my closet.

I'm ready though.  I think.  And it's just as weird as I anticipated.  Looking at your own face for long periods of time is both strange and wonderful--like really seeing your own ear for the first time, or just how many cowlicks you have, or what it might be like to watch yourself dreaming. 

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At the risk of sounding self-celebratory, I'm pumped about this body of work.  I'm excited to insert myself into this narrative, experiment with the figure again, and see what comes out.  Winter is long, but I am patient.  And there is plenty of drawing to do.

-t