The Annual Self

Almost every year, on my birthday, I start a self portrait. The first one was painted in 1970; but then in 1989, I did another. Somewhere in the 90’s, I decided to make it an event as annual as possible, and I called them Selfs (long before the phone self was a thing.) Sometimes the painting is the sum of the proceeding year. Or it may be a visual narrative or a psychological document or one significant event. Or sometimes it’s just me confronting me–a physical depiction of where I am in life. It has become like a slowly written diary.

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