"52x8.5x11" (52 Self Portraits), 2007

Collection of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts

Mixed media on wood panel, 11" x 8.5" each

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"The Mirror"

"The Mirror"

Sharpie and acrylic on wood panel, 11 x 8.5 inches.

"Lucky Puppy"

"Lucky Puppy"

Ink, watercolour on paper mounted to wood panel, 11 x 8.5 inches.

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Charcoal and oil on wood panel, 11 x 8.5 inches.

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Mixed media on wood panel, 11 x 8.5 inches.

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Silverpoint on gesso on wood panel, 11 x 8.5 inches.

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Toner transfer and acrylic on wood panel, 11 x 8.5 inches.

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Mixed media on wood panel, 11 x 8.5 inches.

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Acrylic, pencil and glitter on wood panel, 11 x 8.5 inches.

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Oil on wood panel, 11 x 8.5 inches.

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Jiffy marker and acrylic on wood panel, 11 x 8.5 inches.

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Charcoal, stickers and red ink on wood panel, 11 x 8.5 inches.

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India ink and acrylic on wood panel, 11 x 8.5 inches.

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White ink on acrylic on wood panel, 11 x 8.5 inches.

"Remembering"

"Remembering"

Pencil on wood panel, 11 x 8.5 inches.

"Reality Check"

"Reality Check"

Crayon on wood panel, 11 x 8 .5 inches.

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Acrylic on wood panel, 11 x 8.5 inches.

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Photo transfer and acrylic on wood panel, 11 x 8.5 inches.

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Mixed media on wood panel, 11 x 8.5 inches.

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Mixed media on wood panel, 11 x 8.5 inches.

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Mixed media on wood panel, 11 x 8.5 inches.

"Reaching for Blue"

"Reaching for Blue"

Mixed media on wood panel, 11 x 8.5 inches.

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Sharpie and acrylic on wood panel, 11 x 8.5 inches.

"My Lucky Mermaids"

"My Lucky Mermaids"

Acrylic on wood panel, 11 x 8.5 inches.

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India ink on wood panel, 11 x 8.5 inches.

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India ink and acrylic on wood panel, 11 x 8.5 inches.

"Showing My Teeth"

"Showing My Teeth"

Toner transfer and acrylic on wood panel, 11 x 8.5 inches.

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Gesso and ink on wood panel, 11 x 8.5 inches.

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Gesso, ink and feather on wood panel, 11 x 8.5 inches.

"Portrait Pretending to be Miro"

"Portrait Pretending to be Miro"

Ink and gesso on wood panel, 11 x 8.5 inches.

"Remembering the Sheldonian"

"Remembering the Sheldonian"

Pencil and gesso on wood panel, 11 x 8.5 inches.

"Pretending to be Monet"

"Pretending to be Monet"

Acrylic and tea leaves on wood panel, 11 x 8.5 inches.

"Watching the Swirls"

"Watching the Swirls"

Acrylic on wood panel, 11 x 8.5 inches.

"Last Day in Britain"

"Last Day in Britain"

Mixed media and moth on wood panel, 11 x 8.5 inches.

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Acrylic and mixed media on wood panel, 11 x 8.5 inches.

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Collage and acrylic on wood panel, 11 x 8.5 inches.

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Acrylic on wood panel, 11 x 8.5 inches.

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Ball point pen on wood panel, 11 x 8.5 inches.

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Acrylic and pencil on wood panel, 11 x 8.5 inches.

"Wedding Ring"

"Wedding Ring"

Acrylic and sharpie on wood panel, 11 x 8.5 inches.

"Remembering England"

"Remembering England"

Acrylic and collage on wood panel, 11 x 8.5 inches.

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Acrylic and leaves on wood panel, 11 x 8.5 inches.

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Silverpoint on gesso on wood panel, 11 x 8.5 inches.

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Pomegranate juice, rind and acrylic on wood panel, 11 x 8.5 inches.

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Photo print mounted to wood panel, 11 x 8.5 inches.

"Anniversary"

"Anniversary"

Acrylic on wood panel, 11 x 8.5 inches.

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Acrylic on paper mounted to wood panel, 11 x 8.5 inches.

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Watercolour and pencil on wood panel, 11 x 8.5 inches.

"Bluelight"

"Bluelight"

Felt marker and acrylic on wood panel, 11 x 8.5 inches.

"Cancer Shirt"

"Cancer Shirt"

Acrylic on wood panel, 11 x 8.5 inches.

"Birthday Girl"

"Birthday Girl"

Mixed media on wood panel, 11 x 8.5 inches.

"Dark Side of the Moon"

"Dark Side of the Moon"

Mixed media on wood panel, 11 x 8.5 inches.

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Acrylic on wood panel, 11 x 8.5 inches.

This series began with a decision to create a self-portrait a week and then share the results via email with a small group of friends and family for the entire year of 2007. Descriptions of technique, as well as the circumstances or motivation behind that week's image usually accompanied each portrait. As more and more people began requesting to be 'put on the list', my subscribers grew to nearly 300 (known) people by year's end. Through these shared introspections the normal gap between artist and viewer was removed, and I enjoyed many deepened relationships with my audience as we shared our stories.

 

The portraits themselves are highly diaristic. I challenged myself to work within a fixed set of ‘rules’ (a common wood support, a common 8.5 x 11” size) which enabled me to create a space where I could explore: past selves, future dreams, prayers, fears and maladies. The results are diverse and experimental. Artworks are abstract as well as representational, subtle and often intimately detailed. My creative toolkit included such unconventional media as pomegranates (seeds and juice to make pigment, rind for collaged texture), shots of espresso, pine needles, silver wire, markers, ball point pen, and a sharpened bird feather quill - to name only a few.

 

Although this series is inherently autobiographical, it also speaks to a larger, more universal understanding of the complexities of self. To read the weekly narratives that accompanied each artwork, please download the full collection here.

© 2018 by Doug Driediger.