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painted portraits by Gwenn Seemel and Becca Bernstein

Gwenn Seemel and Becca Bernstein
2009 and 2010
acrylic on canvas and wood
36 x 60 inches (combined dimensions)

Pegasus appears in my self-portrait above as part of the legend of Medusa—this detail image shows the snakes in my hair—but, when I discovered that 2014 was the year of the horse in the Chinese Zodiac, I knew I had to recreate him, bigger and bolder in his own painting.

As for Becca’s portrait of me, when I spoke at TEDxGeneva in 2014, I featured the painting as a way of talking about feelings of ownership for art and for portraits. The presentation is called “In defense of imitation” and you can see it here.

To learn more about the making of my half of this diptych, visit this article, and to find out more about the series as a whole check out this category of my blog.