Oil and pen and ink on paper
two paintings 30 x 22 in, one painting 30 x 9.5 in
I created self portraits that address my self-indulgent, escapist tendencies from events in my life. The color palette is symbolic of places and people that have been constantly on my mind. I've always taken great comfort in nature, and the abstractions in which my portraits are immersed reflect some of the most important structures to me- mountains and waves. These structures are connected to vital memories that I have of my family and my childhood. I created them completely from my mind, so they are as similar as possible to the imaginary landscapes into which I choose to escape. I took inspiration from artists that have succeeded with similar ambitions, and with their help I was able to paint subtle yet lush self portraits which reveal a small amount of detail while simultaneously obscuring the figure's self through use of color and my mark. My abstractions are intricate, systematic though emotionally raw, and provide a window to the array of worlds in my mind.
Kudisch, Stephanie, “[Untitled],” Lewis & Clark Senior Art, accessed July 4, 2015, https://library.lclark.edu/seniorprojects/items/show/4431.