The New Year is about self-reflection. Art can be a great tool for self-reflection: it engages us analytically and initiates emotions and memories. It is also a tool for the artist to unearth certain truths through self-portraiture and connect with their viewer in a more intimate way. In the last few years, we’ve seen a resurgence of strong figurative work (which was put on the back-burner for the majority of the 20th century) and more specifically, the self-portrait. Often the subtext of these works are allegorical, surrealistic or more commonly a critic of how the modern world chooses to value identity and self.
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