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Drawing: Charcoal on Paper.
This work is done in charcoal on watercolor cold pressed 140 pound paper. It is part of a series of self-portraits which I have been doing for many years. It is part of a desire to "see" myself, as I age, as I live abroad, as I struggle to feel "seen" and "validated." I have done self-portraits in pencil, charcoal and in oil. I like how soft and tender the charcoal is, how malleable it can be. It can also be quite ephemeral and I rarely use fixative to spray overtop so these works often fade with time. I would use fixative if the work were sold as this would protect it during its journey.
This work was made in my shared studio in Hong Kong in an industrial neighborhood called Wong Chuk Hang. At the time, I was looking at self-portraits of Rembrandt, Chardin, and Kathe Kollwitz and Edwin Dickinson.
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