Selfies: a series of self-portraits

Selfies: a series of self-portraits

With the advent of the camera phone and social media, the self-portrait, known in today’s world as “the selfie,” proliferates. The selfie captures a moment in time and, when posted on social media, gives the impression that everyone’s life is wonderful, amazing, and beyond the everyday. For years I thought the selfie disingenuous and fake and I hated watching people stand around and take pictures of themselves rather than actively participating in the world around them.

Then I got an iphone.

And I became that person who took selfies all the time and posted them on Facebook.

In response to our culture’s general obsession with the selfie and mine specifically, I created a new series of Selfies.

My new Selfies are in a variety of mediums including etchings, woodcuts, collage, sculpture–but not photography. This body of work explores the feelings of self in fleeting moments. The Selfies capture me at my most fragile, insecure, embarrassed, and absurd moments in an attempt to create an honest, real, and genuine visual narrative of my everyday life.

Simms1

I Wear This Crown of Horns

etching with hand coloring

6″ x 14″

2014

Simms3

Did I Say Something?

etching with hand coloring

2″ x 10″

 2014

Simms_03

Billy in a Box

etching with hand collage

4.5″ x 4.5″

2014

Simms_04

Low Billy

collage

5″ x 5″

2014

pearls007

Non-Fungible

collage

 2″x 6″

2014

pearls005

Did I Say That?

etching with hand coloring

4″x 8″

2014

pearls004

What’s Up?

etching

2″ x 10″

2014

pearls009

Aladdin Sane Billy

collage

5″x 5″

2014

pearls006

Bam!

etching with hand coloring

5″ x 5″

2014

fish

Something Fishy (with Gabi Roach)

mono-type print

19” x 18”

2015

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