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Self Portrait (2018)

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

Self Portrait is a ten-piece sculpture, in which one hundred names in total are painted in oil on ten plaster tablets made 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 appeared in an updated physical state.

In the artist’s words:

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


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