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Self-portrait exhibit

Self-portraits created by members of the Berrien Artist Guild are exhibited throughout the galleries at the Box Factory for the Arts in St. Joseph, Michigan, now through September 27th.

The concept for the Box Factory exhibit began with the belief that every artist should attempt at least one self-portrait. My own "Autobiography"-- which was built around a photo taken of me in 1978 -- is included in this show. Whether you're creating a self-portrait or writing a memoir or an autobiography, the process begins with "I" ... so I had some fun punning around when I added an image of an eye to this piece. Did you spot it yet?

A three-part tutorial on how I started this mixed-media project is included on my blog, Cindy La Ferle's Home Office. Click here to read the first installment.
At the Box Factory for the Arts

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  1. Stunning. I've looked at the details and wonder if some of the items are from your personal possessions rather than gatherings for representation. A button or broach from something of yours or your moms? This is a beautiful piece, just as lovely as you!

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    1. Thank you, Nancy -- the items are a little of both. For example, in the headdress, there's a Celtic knot that represents my Scottish/ Irish ancestry. The small spigots represents my love of gardening, and the rusted hardware is a nod to my grandfather's workshop. Some of the rusted pieces were gathered on my walks along the railroad tracks here in Royal Oak -- and they say "Detroit" to me.

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  2. Wow Cindy!! This is Amazing!!! I love how you have incorporated from both worlds, found and meaning- what a stunning self portrait indeed!! Kudos on such a fine and beautiful piece of art!!

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    1. Thanks, Jackie -- I hope you will try your own self-portrait. It's really a meditative process that gets you thinking about your life while you work. I would love to see yours, so let me know if you try this project!

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