Monday, November 07, 2016
Idealised Self Portrait (pre-Instagram)
I painted this work in 2006 – four years before Instagram was released. It's based on a Polaroid self-portrait I took in 2000 (below – image cropped, enlarged and home-printed). Titled Idealised Self Portrait, with a custom-made frame that I painted to match the metallic gold eyeshadow, it's one of my favourite works in high gloss enamel. When I look at it now I am reminded of the millions of pseudo-perfect, idealised selfies that have come to define Instagram and other social media sites. A decade ago my enamels were often dismissed by art critics. Yet over time their relevance – and prescience – has become more obvious.