Fieldwork Projects, 420 S. Gay Street, Auburn, AL
April 18 – May 7, 2016
Juror: Dennis Harper, Curator of Collections and Exhibitions, Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, Auburn, AL
Selecting the art for this exhibition of self-portraiture was both a pleasure and a difficult task. As I had expected, the quality of submissions was very high, which ensured a distinctive group of works. At the same time, this abundance of good art made it especially challenging to a juror when only a limited number of objects can fit into a given space. Seventy-three works of art created in a range of media were submitted for consideration. Of those, thirty-nine that I considered exemplary are included here. I congratulate the successful exhibitors for their fine work. I also commend those artists whose work is not included in the exhibition. They, too, produced compelling portraits. Please know that every elimination came only after careful deliberation.
A self-portrait implies that its maker has engaged in a process of self-reflection—not always an easy task even without a pencil, brush, or other creative tool in hand. The result may reflect an examination of the topography of one’s face or body. It might be an attempt to shape inner sentiments into physical form. It can serve as a kind of graphical lie-detector that reveals the artist’s self-concept through exaggeration or diminution of those corporal and psychological aspects. Creating an intimate portrait of oneself is a brave act, and is even more so when submitted for public review! I salute and thank you all for the chance to see each of you as you see yourself.