Self Portrait (2018)

Oil on plaster, 27.5 x 19.6 x 2 inches each (69.8 x 49.7 x 5 cm)
Image courtesy the artist

One hundred names were painted in black oil paint on ten white plaster tablets sculpted by Shirt. The work was first exhibited in Kunsthaus Baselland Museum in Basel, Switzerland, as part of FHNW’s MFA show "Atlas Of Heavens" curated by Chus Martinez. In 2019, Shirt’s Self Portrait was exhibited again in the group show "Of Color" held at Helmhaus Museum in Zurich, although the work was in an updated state.

Shirt said this:

"While the work was in progress, one of my professors told me that making a cast in plaster so big and flat, I’d run the risk of the individual pieces cracking in time. This to me made sense in a poetic way, as the very notion of inspiration in people, these names, may change, erode, and very well break down and dissapear over the course of my life. Debuting in the thesis show the work was only some days old, fresh and new, my “self portrait” propped up on a shelf. A snapshot leaning coolly against the wall. Weeks later indeed one from the ten splintered clean down the middle cracked in two. I will let the work evolve as I do."

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