Who Am I? Self-Portraiture as a Means of Self-Exploration and Expression of Identity
AuthorHilderbrand, Harmony M.
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Using visual and written narrative, I relate my own journey of self-discovery while exploring the use of self-portraiture in the arts. Self-portraiture is an important method through which artists express their personalities, beliefs, and ideas. My research begins by examining the history of self-portraiture – how other artists participate in self-portraiture and how their self-portraiture relates to their identity. I then examine my identity as it has formed through my personal history by reflecting on my childhood, adolescence, and college life. I also explore my interest in identity as it has emerged throughout my life and in my artwork. My project concludes with an exhibit of twelve self-portraits that explore facets of my identity.