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portrait bag

Gwenn Seemel
Me Bag
2007
acrylic on canvas patchwork bag
13 x 13 inches

I always begin a new endeavor—like, for example, this series of portrait bags—with a self-portrait. This bag is my first You Bag. There is something about a portrait of myself that makes it the easiest way to dive into a new kind of work.

But I don’t ever do things entirely on my own. When I started on my You Bags, I didn’t have a good name for them. It was actually a young man that I ran into on the street who stopped me, examined this bag at length while he quizzed me about it, and then dubbed it a You Bag. I’m forever grateful to him and annoyed with myself for not getting his name.