Doug Jennings, REACH, D-28
Psychodynamic processes of self portraiture:Case study and applicationsby Doug Jennings
Between age 16 and 25, I drew numerous self portraits. Along with these drawings Ikept a diary sporadically during those years in an almost desperate struggle to make mean-ing out of the conflicts in my life. Six years after the last self portrait sketch of that neardecade, I realize I have an intriguing visual record of my own perceptions of myself andof my own inner development. Besides the
,I would propose that the exercise of self portraiture during my transition into young adult-hood helped
(2) gain a sense of participation and control in my developmental process
(this aspect of self portraiture could have therapeutic value).
In addition it helped me
. I believe it
(4) heightened myempathy for others
as well as
my powers of sensitivity
. And, besides the above psycho-logical benefits, the exercise of "self imaging" stretched and
(5) enhanced my skills of artistic observation
.Self portraiture has been practiced by artists for centuries. Where pertinent to mytopic, I will refer to two notable cases of self portraiture from art history: Rembrandt andVan Gogh. Of all the great artists, this duo left perhaps the most interesting legacies to theart of self portraiture.I have included two appendices featuring numerous samples of my work. Also,throughout the following text, I have placed reproductions of selected self-portraits to il-lustrate examples discussed.
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