Oil on canvas45 H x 35 W x 3 cm

Throughout the years this notion of making self- portraits has recurred in my art and not only encouraged me to explore the complexities of the definition of self but also made me ponder about the nature of human beings. Portraiture is a very old art form. Before the invention of photography portrait, whether drawn, painted or sculpted was the only way to record the appearance of someone. Contemporary art draws largely on the signifiers of identity as a subject for discussion. Artists in their self- awareness utilize their signifiers, whether personal or specific to gender, race or culture for intellectual discourse. For me portraying myself is not born of vanity. I use my body as a material that I can manipulate and sculpt to explore aspects of me. The human body has been a constant feature of my work and using my body as a subject means my work is grounded in personal circumstances. Through self-portraiture, we become representational figures in our works for whatever identities our image carries with it.