self portrait, 31.5x58", encaustic 2010
Due to repetitive back problems (herniated discs), I suffer annually in spring from major pain and immobility. This year it triggered a cervical radiculopathy resulting in a numb right hand and the need to look up not down (otherwise I am in serious pain). So I needed to alter my work position and my pace of work. Of course I can not stay away- and might as well have prolonged my suffering and healing process. But that is life as an artist... a self consuming flame???
The video narrates the philosophical/psychological question of identity and how this manifests itself in body language/ portraits.