The self portrait from life was an incredibly challenging project for me. One that has allowed me time to scrutinize my ability and intent as an artist. For me, it was not only an exploration of paint and composition, but a celebration of life.
I was inspired most by the literal act of looking in a mirror, and how such a simple, routine thing can bring back memories of the past at the same time it brings forth questions of the future.
It can be quite a strange feeling, knowing that the body you are in now is the same one you were in as a child, and will be the same one you’re in years from now. This is something I thought a lot about as I worked.
Creating this piece has given me a chance to feel very vulnerable, and while this painting may not be an accurate representation of what I look like to others, it’s an accurate representation of what I feel, to me.
I hope you feel something too.
"Wake" Oil on Canvas by Tara Glenny
Words by Tara Glenny
First + Second Photo by Tara Glenny
Final Photo by Lu Gerdemann