non-literal self portraits
These originated through the process of writing letters to myself. These were not exactly like journal entries, but they spoke to a wish to 'picture' myself in a new atmosphere. I used simple watercolor paintings that I tore in half or quarters and glued them on sanded pastel boards, then added blocks and marks of pastels, to give them dimension and texture. I would then edit the letters. I finally inserted the torn entries directly into the reimagined terrains to create a formal tension that revealed only some of what I wrote. Many of them are diptychs. I realized I was drawn to this format because although they didn’t look anything like the original diptychs (ancient writing tablets), they were letters I wrote so I imagined them opened like a book.