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Artist Gwenn Seemel’s bilingual blog about art, portraiture, free culture, and feminism.

Sucking my thumb / Sucer mon pouce

2013 . 01 . 08 - Comments / Commentaires (2)

Everyone has their way of comforting themselves, and self-portraiture is mine.

Chacun a sa façon de se réconforter, et l’autoportrait est la mienne.


A lot of things about living with a chronic illness make me want to paint portrait after portrait of myself, and that’s why I’m especially proud of my series and book, Crime Against Nature. It proves that I can do more than suck my thumb on the subject endometriosis!

To learn more about Crime Against Nature, visit the articles in this section of my blog or, if you’re in Portland, go see the show:

Open: through 12 January
Hours: Thursday - Sunday, 12 - 6 PM

Place
3rd floor of Pioneer Place
SW 5th and Yamhill, Portland, Oregon


Vivre avec une maladie chronique me donne envie de peindre auto-portrait après auto-portrait, et c’est pourquoi je suis particulièrement fière de ma série et du livre, Le crime contre nature. Ce projet prouve que je peux faire plus que sucer mon pouce au sujet de l’endométriose!

Pour en savoir plus sur Le crime contre nature, regardez les vidéos dans cette section de mon blog ou, si vous vous retrouvez à Portland, allez voir l’exposition:

Ouvert: juqu’au 12 janvier
Horaires: jeudi - dimanche, 12h - 18h

Place
2ème étage de Pioneer Place
SW 5th Avenue et Yamhill, Portland, USA



two self-portrait

Gwenn Seemel
Fragile (Before) and Sensual (After) / Fragile (Avant) et Sensuelle (Après)
2012
acrylic on panel / acrylique sur bois
4 x 8 inches (combined dimensions) / 10 x 20 centimètres (les deux ensemble)



auto-portrait

detail of Fragile (Before) / détail de Fragile (Avant)



auto-portrait

detail of Sensual (After) / détail de Sensuelle (Après)


RELATED ARTICLES:
- Art therapy
- What “infertile” means
- A Somewhat Secret Place


UN PEU SUR LE MÊME SUJET:
- Mieux faire son art
- Not painting my vagina / Ne pas peindre mon vagin
- Between life and death / Entre la vie et la mort


CATEGORIES: - English - Français - Crime - Endometriosis - Portraiture - Practice - Process images - Video -


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(2) Comments / Commentaires: Sucking my thumb / Sucer mon pouce

-- cindy meal -- 2016 . 01 . 30 --

hello, i just happened to find your work when doing some research into how to create a series of paintings. i must say you are quite an inspiration. your crimes against nature series is beautiful and i love all the ideas you have. so well thought out and just beautiful! thank you for sharing these with the world…. you have given me much to think about….
p.s. i also LOVE LOVE LOVE to create self-portraits and i have always thought that maybe it was more for the sake of vanity and i always felt a little self-conscious about how many self-portraits i have done…i guess when it comes down to it, i must have needed to do some healing and comfort myself - thank you!!

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-- Gwenn -- 2016 . 02 . 01 --

@Cindy: Thank you for your kind words! I’m glad my stuff hit the spot for you. smile Also, I think that the psychology surrounding self-portraiture is fascinating. I talk about it more here if you’re interested.

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