Images along these lines are usually among the first pictures to pop into my head when thinking, somewhat abstractly, about self-portraits. However, these images come undone when thinking about how I would make a self-portrait. Sometimes I sketch what I see in a mirror – my face, breasts, feet, hands – but I wouldn’t call these self-portraits (which is not to say that they totally aren’t self-portraits) because through my readings in theology, philosophy and intersectional feminism, the “self” has become (1) disassembled, (2) re-oriented, and (3) re-emphasized. I can no longer conceive of myself as “my”self.
From within these three epistemological traditions, I will describe how the self has been disassembled, re-oriented and re-emphasized for myself. This on-going investigation will shape my own self-portraits.
My next post will list the thinkers and resources that will guide this investigation.