Pamela Craven Davies

An artist based in North Yorkshire, England, at the moment painting in oils on canvas.

Self Portraits

For my MA Creative Practice Essay at the end of Year 1 I have been re-reading my Art History through the eyes of women artists. Throughout my art education from O Levels, A levels, and Degree I have not consistently read about female artists throughout history. So I thought it was about time. Some of the books I have just read have only just been published so I was quite impressed with the level of research I could do without reading dated books. Great Women Artists by Phaidon published 2019, The Pre-Raphaelite Sisters by Jan Marsh, The National Portrait Gallery London 2019, and Fighting for Visibility by Nationalgalerie Berlin 2019. This reading has taken me on a great adventure into the past and I have loved every minute of it, finding out about these Women Artists, their lives and their work. It has taken me on a journey of self discovery too. My thoughts and feelings about these Women has changed the way in which I look at art. Researching how these women were educated and what drove and inspired them to become artists. Self Portraits have been a prominent part of many of their artworks which and forced me to face my own ideas about Self-Portraits. From my perspective I do not see my face unless I look in the mirror, and then my expression changes immediately, so how do I know what I really look like. I have to question myself, whether this is the right thing to do, I do feel uncomfortable drawing myself, but its an idea I have had for a long time, my view of myself and what is going on around me, and how that impacts on myself. This is the only drawing I could get to download, for some reason I seam to have difficulties again with technology.

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