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Self-portrait seated

© Susan Dorothea White

Self-portrait seated, 1981
acrylic and collage on panel
122 x 92 cm

This is a literal self-portrait — what one actually sees of oneself when seated at a table. This view from above poses compositional challenges. To solve the problem, I combine actual size with conventional perspective. I painted the real sizes of hands, feet, cat, and objects to harmonise with the sizes of the collaged items (letters, bills, invitation, etc.). This painting is not trompe-l'il as described by some critics: if it were photographically realistic, then the feet would be tiny compared to the hands!

- Susan Dorothea White

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