Symbolic Self Portrait
The idea behind this piece entitled I & I & I was to create a portrait of myself, without using any images of my face or body - a symbolic self portrait. This piece is meant to be intimately experienced by the viewer - each daguerreotype frame is only about 3 inches tall. Both the viles & the frames are meant to be touched and examined.
The daguerreotype frames speak to both my obsession or rather dificulty with letting go of the past and my innate tendency to give too much of myself to people; these frames were once widely used and were meant to be carried around, not hung up on wall. Each pocket-sized frame contains a photogram of the enclosed or "captured" object that resides within the paired vile - the viewer recieves both a 2D and a 3D represenation of myself. Photographs are a huge part of my life & so much of my own work is focused towards sharing the personal - a physical manifestation of what's inside - that it only seemed appropriate to include photographs.
The first object is one of my very own eyelashes. My eyelashes, which I've been told time and time again are very long, have always been an important & distinguishable characteristic of mine.
The second object is the first tooth I lost as a child. Now shattered in half, it is symbolic of my delicate nature.
The third object is a small, baby blue swatch of fabric from my baby blanket. The "baby blanket" that a child carries around is typically psychologically referred to as the transitional object, to which an infant attributes a special value and by means of which the child is able to make the necessary shift from the earliest oral relationship with the mother to genuine object-relationships. It is symbolic of the close relationship I have with my own mother and the current transition I am going through as I prepare for my departure to college in Vermont. The baby blue also alludes to the idea of the male, the meaning of which I toss around very much in my head.
I & I & I
Objects from left to right: one of my eyelashes, the first baby tooth I lost and a swatch of fabric from my baby blanket.