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The Image of Self: Exploring Self-Imagery Through Collage.

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Elizabeth Gledhill

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Transcript of The Image of Self: Exploring Self-Imagery Through Collage.

The Image of Self:
Exploring Self-Imagery Through Collage

Frida Kahlo was a Mexican painter known for her self-portraits. There intensity and vibrant colors reflected her culture and portrayed her inner turmoil, due to injuries she sustained in a car accident.
She was quoted saying "I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best”.
Living only to the age of 47, she painted 55 self-portraits.

The Queen of the Selfie

Romare Bearden was an american collage artist born in Charlotte, NC. Growing up in New York City in the 20's and 30's he was influenced by the Harlem Renaissance and his artwork went on to greatly influence the Civil Rights Movement in the 60's. Bearden struggled with two artistic sides of himself: “a student of literature and of artistic traditions, and being a black human being". Bearden felt that contemporary art portraying the lives of African American's did not give full value to the individual and by combining abstract art with real images (collage) it would help people of different cultures grasp the subject matter of the African American culture and it's people.
Finding Self through Collage

My skin is kind of sort of brownish
Pinkish yellowish white.
My eyes are grayish blueish green,
But I'm told they look orange in the night.
My hair is reddish blondish brown,
But it's silver when it's wet.
And all the colors I am inside
Have not been invented yet.

-Shel Silverstein

Pittsburgh Memories
Mecklenburg Autumn

The School of Athens has long been seen as Raphael's masterpiece and the perfect embodiment of the classical spirit of the High Renaissance. Plato and Aristotle appear to be the central figures, but nearly every great Greek philosopher can be found within the painting, Set beneath an arch, is a work of perfection in perspective, composition and drawing. Raphael so admired these great minds of the Western world that the he placed himself within the painting.

Using found imagery, written prose and a reconstructed self-portrait, artist Jennifer Strickland has created a collage that depicts personal sanctuary, a safe place that embodies the inner self.

• What does self mean?

• Why is it important to know yourself?

• In what ways do we find out things about ourselves?

• How can we express ourselves through our art?

Frida Kahlo
Romare Bearden
Jennifer Strickland
What do I want to Say?
Where do I want to be?
Frida Kahlo
Kahlo, Frida (n.a). Retrieved November 22, 2013, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frida_Kahlo

Romare Bearden
Bearden, Romare (n.a). Retrieved November 22, 2013, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romare_Bearden

Raphael (n.a). Retrieved November 22, 2013, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_School_of_Athens

Jennifer Strickland

Silverstein, S. (1974). Where the sidewalk ends: The poems & drawings of Shel Silverstein. Colors, New York: Harper and Row.
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