by Maureen Fitzmahan
I believe that every piece of art is a ‘self-portrait.’ In my best work, I say a lot about myself. I can’t help myself. I tell you what makes me laugh. Or cry. I hide somewhere in that image a mote of aggravation. I let you know how inadequate I feel. I scatter metaphysical musings. Sometimes I purposely share who I am. Many times Maureen is hidden somewhere in my photo. Sometimes my secrets seep out subconsciously. My colleagues and family sometimes see ‘me’ in my work, and I am indebted to them when they tell me who they see.
It is humbling. An artist needs to be vulnerable. And very courageous.
In the next salon, we challenge you to intentionally create a self-portrait.