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Broken / Fixed II

Broken II, self-portrait, oil on canvas.
“Broken II,” oil on canvas, 2001.

Fixed II, self-portrait, oil on canvas.
“Fixed II,” oil on canvas, 2001.

The second version of “Broken” and “Fixed” self-portraits I created as a part of my graduate art research. These two paintings are the creative bridge between my first self-portraits and the ink drawings I created for my m.a. art exhibition. I intentionally departed from the traditional representation of likeness in a search for a more abstract representation of a self.

Narcissus / Chöd

Narcissus, self-portrait, ink on paper.
“Narcissus,” ink on paper, 2000.

Chöd, self-portrait, ink on paper.
“Chöd,” ink on paper, 2000.

My first large ink drawings. “Narcissus” is a commentary on the narcissism inherent in all self-portraits. “Chöd” is inspired by the Buddhist meditation of impermanence and death. I created both drawings from the digital photographs — I had a plastic skull in my studio at the time. I’m not sure if “Chöd” by itself reads as a vanitas without the characteristic symbols of pleasure, but it was created as a mix of western and eastern influences, and it is a companion image to “Narcissus.”

Vjeran Miljenović

The art blog of Vjeran Miljenović
— visual artist working in traditional and digital media.