9 Self Portraits
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It is hard to conceive of just how far my self portraits have come from when they were just a glimmer in my thought. The entire concept in my head has evolved a great deal to become what they are today. I had initially always wanted to paint in a more surrealist style, using dream elements and metaphorical iconography. My love of surrealism and self portraits got its start when I glimpsed into the world of a Frida Kahlo painting. My very first fascination with a professional artist was with Frida Kahlo. I saw several of her paintings in a high school Spanish class. My teacher, whom I adored, read a passage about Frida Kahlo, then went on to say how there is much more about her that was a bit too taboo to discuss in high school. I was instantly intrigued, so later I asked and was told of all of the usual Frida stuff. I am still so impacted by the amount of herself Frida Kahlo put into her work. She painted her entire life struggle and biography in self portraits. There is a part of me that wants to be raw and exposed and paint a telling portrait of the great struggles in my life. I realize then, however, that I am not going to paint my entire self portrait series as one life long struggle. I feel that sometimes I struggle and sometimes I am this pop culture-loving persona. So, I mixed the two together.