I began this series of self-portraits over a decade ago. I was intrigued by self-portraits by older women artists historically. Although there are few examples, I found each of them poetic and rich with meaning.
Part my original intent of these portraits was to explore age and gender in relationship to beauty, identity, and power. I was also interested in how that exploration would change over time. Indeed, as this series has evolved, many more layers of meaning have come into play. Some of these works reflect specific personal experiences, and others grapple with broader political issues. Moreover, this work intentionally mimics--while at the same time aims to challenge-- traditional thematic representations of women by men in art.
This body of work is one that I return to periodically as I create a visual document of both my personal and more broadly political conversation with, and resistance to, social and cultural expectations and ideologies as I age.