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Artwork materials: 
Oil and graphite on canvas
Artwork size: 
59 x 84 cm

"In keeping with the question of the exhibition, the studio for me becomes a broader space for self-exploration. My self-portraits examine the vital role the mirror plays in the process of creating the self-portrait and the how 20th century psychoanalysts theorised that the mirror enabled a greater self-understanding. Traditionally used as a tool to suggest vanity in portraits of women by male artists, the self-portrait acts as a medium to close the space between the artist and model, rejecting the male gaze and ascertaining my autonomy as an artist in the twenty-first century. 

My self-portraits aim to prompt the viewer into questioning their own imbedded perceptions of female artists creating self-portraits. However, it begs the question of whether these conventions persist in the 21st century with selfie-culture. Are women still imbued with a sense of vanity and as receptacles for the male gaze, despite claiming their agency on the work of art? The studio, then, becomes a space in which the internal self is revealed, processed by the artist and ultimately poses questions that transmit themselves to the viewer." 

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