#dyptich

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.

Selfless, Broken & Fixed

Selfless, oil painting
“Selfless,” oil on canvas, 2000.

Broken, underdrawing“Broken,” underdrawing, 2000.

Broken, oil painting
“Broken,” oil on canvas, 2000.

Fixed, oil painting
“Fixed,” oil on canvas, 2000.

The first self-portraits I painted at the beginning of my graduate interdisciplinary study in philosophy and art at CSULB.

“Selfless” is a self-portrait that flickers between representation and abstraction, between self and no-self.

The theme of the diptych “Broken” and “Fixed” is that of trauma and recovery, and art making as a healing process. The titles are taken from the Nine Inch Nails‘ EPs “Broken” and “Fixed” featuring songs and remixes with the cheerful titles like “Help Me I Am in Hell” and “Happiness in Slavery.” Good ol’ times!

I later created more abstract version of these paintings as a part of my graduate art research.

Doppelgänger

Doppelgänger, self-portrait, graphite and ink on paper
“Doppelgänger,” graphite and ink on paper, 2000.

Stylistically, “Doppelgänger” is a bridge between the style of my underground comics and more traditional representational style I wanted to master at art school. Here you can see the emerging subject of the divided, unstable self that denies clear definition. This theme will follow me throughout the graduate program, and culminate in my graduate art exhibition and m.a. thesis in philosophy and art.

Vjeran Miljenović

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