A self-portrait

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        The first semester started with an individual challenge to the Master’s students.

        It consisted on a introspective project where one had to create a self-portrait piece, which could be in any possible platform or support.

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        A self-portrait is a representation of an artist, drawn, painted, photographed, or sculpted by the artist. Although self-portraits have been made by artists since the earliest times, it is not until the Early Renaissance in the mid 1400s that artists can be frequently identified depicting themselves as either the main subject, or as important characters in their work. With better and cheaper mirrors, and the advent of the panel portrait, many painters, sculptors and printmakers tried some form of self-portraiture. (Edward Lucie-Smith, S. K. 1987)

        For me a portrait should illustrate not only the appearance of its subject, but also details which link to his personality and past experiences.

        My experiments on portraying myself were based on an indirect reflection of myself, inserting some of my characteristics in my painting or drawing.

        In this case, I wanted to try a new approach, something quite different.

        After some doodling and sketching, I opted on using the photographic mosaic technique.

        This technique consists in a picture divided into rectangular segments, all then replaced with another photograph of an approximated color. When it is looked at from a distance, the individual pixels appear as the primary image, while close examination reveals that the image is, in reality, composed of many smaller images. Trademarked by Runaway Technology, Inc., in 2003 by Robert Silvers, a Master’s student at MIT (US Trademark Office. Retrieved 2009-10-13), the technique

        Because life is made of bits of experiences and an individual is composed of his memories, each pixel of my portrait was to be replaced with photographs of dates, events and people that had marked me.

        That piece would be inserted in a tridimensional composition, expressing how my past experiences shaped my personality and how it shows on the outside, by my actions and appearance.

        The composition was influenced by the work of and Julien Vallée. His outstanding, creative and inspiring handmade graphic sculptures and stylish motion graphics are like passage ways to alternative dimensions, parallel worlds. He also has an incredible ability to connect elements in a way that his compositions always become direct means of communication.

        The tridimensional lettering forms a sentence from Fernando Pessoa, the brilliant Portuguese poet, and its meaning is much more than it appears to be.

        The phrase is a hymn to the Portuguese people, representing hope and belief in ourselves

        Because life is made of bits of experiences and an individual is composed of his memories, each pixel of my portrait was to be replaced with photographs of dates,

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