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Another Self Portrait (2017) 7 mins, HD Video

 

A single-take video recorded through the holes in a revolving film reel, this self-portrait renders two images of the artist as he manually draws an educational film through the projector.

The 19th century American portraitist Mary Cassatt once complained that James Whistler “sacrifices the head for the ensemble” because he treated the human figure more like a compositional element than a human being. In this self-portrait I am myself an ensemble, paired with another self, and each of us is sacrificed to a complicated and prismatic composition. But situating myself in this particular scene I am not only located in the overlapping space where the materiality of film and digital video coincide, in fact my body’s own materiality mediates those other two.