Little Self-Portraits Praying.
2008, tempera, acrylic and collage on sewn and fiber stuffed canvas, 40" x 32" x 12”
Through the self-portraits in my series Prayer Project, I explore modes, definitions and images of what we choose to call “prayer”.
In these works, I examine the archetypal, stereotypical, cultural and personal concepts and iconography of prayer.
In my self-portraits, tension is created through the depiction of private moments of intense contemplation, subjected to the viewer’s
public and voyeuristic gaze. In these images, I explore issues of identity and dualities: loss and redemption; vulnerability and power;
suffering and reprieve; joy and pain; fear and safety; and anxiety and serenity.