about the show All art may be self-referential, but what of overt self-reference that occurs in self-portraiture? Are self-portraits to be understood as indulgent or narcissistic, expressions of the soul, honest examinations of one’s self, or self-determined self-representation? What results in repetition of the genre; clarity, abstraction, redundancy? This show asks participants, viewers and artists, to examine the stakes involved in self-portraiture. What claims are we making of ourselves, and the world in which we are situated, through the repeated gesture of self-representation, and what are the effects of this practice?
about the curator (maría)petra fortes-schramm is a multi-disciplinary artist and musician who prefers "petra" over "Maria." Portland, Oregon is where petra presently lives and pines after the redwoods and shores of California. Holding a BA in Music from Bethany College and a BFA in Intermedia from The Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA), petra currently attends the MALS program at Reed College. Occasionally, petra will make some stuff called art.