Written by Claire Dorey
In the next few posts we will look at the individual self portraits and statements from the artists taking part in HEO and the individual ways that the artists interpreted the brief. Artists work is displayed in order that it has been submitted.
HEO, Self Portrait Exhibition on Female Empowerment is curated by Claire Dorey, Selena Steele, and Maria Beddoes. It is the final exhibition in the HEO trilogy of exhibitions, following on from Silence Is Over and ExVoto. It is on View at The Omnibus Theatre Clapham from the 6th – 31st January 2019
Self Portrait by Veena Scialo
‘Inspired’ 2019, Watercolour and Ink, 60x60cm (incl fame), £650. My journey towards the outcome of this painting took me through various angles of perspective. How do I see myself? What is my self? How do other previeve my being? Which aspect of myself do I want to share through my artwrok? Veena is the instrument of Shri Saraswati, the Goddess of Creativity, the creating energy of everything that exists. After surrendering all my thoughts and reflections to Her energy this image slowly emerged. This is me as my spiritual self, inspired by the Divine who moves the wheel of consciousness, Her thred flowing through my hands connecting me with everything and everyone.
Self Portrait by Marnie Pitts
“Exposed” 2017, Oil on wood, 40×60 cm, £980. A moment of reflection, opening up inside, exposing my vulnerability. Feeling the need to reflect, recharge and be supported by my environment. The environment is an important and reoccurring subject matter for me. Much of my work focuses on the conflict between city life and a yearning for nature. I worry about the negative effects we have on our world, using our ability to manipulate the planet to suit our species over all others. I give power to these thoughts by painting them.
Self Portrait by Claire Dorey
“There is no coming into consciousness with out pain” Carl Jung, A2, Digital Montage, £250. My portrait is a journey, a voyage of self discovery, hard learnt life lessons as well as reflections on the transience of being, so I didn’t want to portray a single moment. We are the universe looking back at itself and learning about itself. We are the centre of our own lives and yet the centre of nothing. We are capable of great thinking, yet live in denial. Ive done my self portraits as a series of post cards, which are really messages to myself, reminders of where I’ve come from, what I’ve been through and what I am yet to face.