Selfie 2k14 by Brian Lasan
The idea for this portrait came about during my birthday. I had for some time been toying around with the idea of doing a new self-portrait series that coincided with my birthday. The idea behind the series is that once a year the self-portrait would effectively assess and take inventory of my growth and development as an artist.
For the first year of my tentative series, I chose to have my face dripping off a golden skull. It’s no secret that everyone has a numbered amount of days to live. I wanted to represent the anxiety of that idea in my portrait. However, the calmness of my expression indicates that I am not worried. I have come at peace with the idea of death and my only desire is to make effective use of the time I have. The golden skull revealed under the melted portion of my face is meant to represent the value of time passing. Although few things can stand the test of time, time is a resource that makes us wiser when it has passed. The gold skull embodies that value of time well spent.
In this portrait I am still paying homage to Caravaggio and Rembrandt through the use of light and shadow. I am also attempting to challenge myself and expand my color palette. So far I am very pleased with the results.