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Symbolic Self Portraits

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Jessica Helmes

on 10 December 2013

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Using symbolism and an image of yourself create a composition that integrates the two.
Symbolic Self Portraits
Create a composition using personal items, artifacts or symbols in a relationship with a self portrait.
Items an be set up with a portrait as an item...
Modern Examples
color can have a lot of significant meaning as well
Today's Task
Brainstorm with each other about different ways you can tackle this project.
Discuss with me any ideas you may have.
Come up with items (at least 3) that you will have to bring in to use.
You may use a photograph but it must be a new photo taken for this assignment.
Symbolist painters want their paintings to depict a meaning beyond what is on the surface.

Traditional Subjects include: heroes, women, fruit, animals, landscapes, artifacts, (metaphors) etc.

Meanings include: love, death, sin, religion, family, etc.
Gustav Klimt
Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I

She is covered in a gold gown which is highly decorated and covered in gold leaf. The gown forms a symbol of a person changing their identity as well as a sign of hope.

This is an early example of very subtle symbolism. (You have to be able to explain it).
Vilhelm Hammershoi
Ida Reading a Letter

She is sideways facing an open door (inviting her to leave), there is one setting on the table (loneliness).
Gender roles, dog- loyalty or lust to have children, green - hope, white - purity, red curtains - love, candle- holy ghost or God, extremely high forehead- elegance, removed shoes - sign of respect, oranges - wealth
Jan van Eyck
The Arnolfini Portrait

Frida Kahlo
Self Portrait with Necklace of Thorns

Christ's crown of thorns - Christian martyr and symbol of pain from her divorce.
Dead hummingbird - to bring luck in love (Mexican)
Black cat - bad luck and death
Monkey - symbol of the devil - a gift from her husband.
Butterflies - Resurrection

David Bailly

Death symbols- skull, extinguished candle, tipped over glass, hour glass and wilting flowers.
Luxuries of life - coins, pearls, pipe, the the art.
: confidence, importance, intelligence & stability.
: power, joy, celebration.
: life, growth, health.
: hope, warning for danger.
: energy and warmth.
:royalty and nobility.
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