Self Portrait with Death

2020

Acrylic and oil on plexiglass, timber

38 x 14 x 32 cm

Self Portrait with Death is a double-sided painting on five sheets of plexiglass that combine to create two images: a self-portrait depicting a series of emotions, and a skull referring to the rich tradition of memento mori in art history. Throughout the history of self-portraiture, artists have painted their own versions of a self-portrait with Death with the most notable one being Arnold Böcklin’s Self-Portrait with Death Playing the Fiddle (1872). In creating this work, the artist wanted to make their own stamp on this tradition by creating a version that involves her practice through the use of her self-created colour theory to connect to mental illness and the use of layering to create different perspectives.