Borrowed Self Portraits
Sometime ago I had one of those non-days… when you get stuck waiting for something important. On a parallel thought, I never understood “appropriation art”. People who steal others artworks to recreate them; making them theirs. I also had to test something on photoshop to ease the work I had to do.
I then collected some portraits by old masters, so I can play around with them. And with my own self-portraits. To learn, to understand, to play.
The result was a series of photographs, self portraits after some great portraits by other masters in painting. Blending photography and painting. Blending portraits. Blending myself with others.
This is a series in which I became others. In which others became me.
My self-portraits were never selfies, instead they’re conceptual photographs in which I only borrow myself to act according to the concept I created as artist.
This is different. This series were just me fooling around using some of my photographs.
Velasquez, Durer, Otto Dix, Jean Gross, Jacques-Louis David, Rogier van der Weyden, Vincenzo de Biagio or Jan Van Eyck. Some of them are already self-portraits of the artists. So I became them. Others are well-known portraits of others: Bonaparte, King Philip IV, Queen Saint Elizabeth or even Napoleon.
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