|Self Portrait, 1973, |
But I keep fighting one tendency: writing myself.
I first questioned this tendency in July in a post titled "I, I, I=me, me, me?" There, I talked about my conscious decisions not to mimic my life in my writing, but how experience and self can be powerful factors in creativity, and the resulting relationship with POV.
Now I ask, is it an artist's nature to make a self-portrait?
|Self Portrait, 1967, Andy Warhol|
And it's not just painters. Writers often create seemingly or blatantly autobiographicaly fiction. Think James Joyce with The Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man, Somerset Maugham's Of Human Bondage, or Charles Dickens' David Copperfield.
first serial edition, 1849
How many times have you turned your pocket camera around and snapped your face pressed against a best friend or family member? How often do you reflect on yourself when you pray or draw or write or mold your child?
Aren't we self-reflective by nature, as humans? As artists?
*All paintings found on Artquotes.net, Famous Self Portraits