I have taken loads of selfies over the years. A lot of them are very ordinary, like we know them well: smily pictures in which my hair and look are just right, pictures that tell the world that I am a happy and confident woman who knows exactly what she’s doing, Ha! I only do sometimes… These photos are okay…… It’s reassuring to see I still scrub up okay for a 42 -year old and getting a few compliments now and then doesn’t hurt my female ego either. I need them as much as the next guy.
But another significant part of me likes to explore in how many ways I can look different while still being me. And when I am exploring that, I couldn’t care less about how pretty I look. I think most of us feel like we are not one static character, but that we are a compilation of many different roles, moods and character traits. There are quite a few external factors that influence how we are, feel and respond to the outside world at a given moment in time. We are not always pretty or successful. (Even though the media would love to give us the feeling that we could be, if we just bought what they have to offer.) But is isn’t considered to be particularly socially desirable to show all these differences within ourselves. I think people find that too confrontational and pictures that show that we’re not be okay, might give the spectator a feeling of having responsibilities they don’t want to face. But I don’t always care about these things. Like many artists I’m not afraid of showing my darker and weirder sides. I prefer being real to being proper. Perhaps because I’m convinced that deep down people are quite alike, but that some people are just better at hiding their oddities. It’s all about fear or no fear.
To get the right look I am after, I use paint, makeup, and different props that I have collected over the years. It’s fun, you should try it! But I don’t find it easy. Taking a good artistic selfie takes a lot of time and effort. Especially when you only have an iPad to take the picture with, no assistance and only a bedroom as studio. But that also is half the challenge and I don’t like things easy anyway. So….. next!
I will show some more of my selfies over the next few weeks. Then at least you’ll know you’re dealing with and then you can ask yourself whether following my blog is a good idea or not! But if you want to see more now, then please visit my website! And if you have a idea for my next selfie, then please leave it in the comments!
Thank you for reading this.
Eva Mout, Ursus Art
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