Self? A self-portrait is a representation of an artist that is drawn, painted, photographed, or sculpted by that artist. Self, a show (hopefully) alive with artists challenged to produce self portraits. Following five on-line shows from Cultivate during this destructive Covid period that started with the #43Artists show back in April 2020, Self is another curated on-line show brought to you by Cultivate founders Sean Worrall and Emma Harvey. The five on-line shows during the period of Covid including the show that opened at the start of this year, ReCultivate, have all been carefully curated “themeless” group shows, all five have had an open call element to them. Self is by invite only. Self has been strictly about selecting and inviting our fellow artists to take part. Self is the 13th on-line show from Cultivate and we believe our 163rd show in all
Self has been about inviting artists to produce self portraits, in some cases challenging them to do so. We invited artists who you’d maybe expect to produce self portraits, we might have challenged one or two unexpected people to come up with something, “let’s see where this one goes, maybe we’ll ask people to dig deep into old sketch books, we’ll ask painters, printmakers, sculptors, photographers”, we asked a fashion designer called Suki, we asked street artist Jimmy C, he found an old breakthrough piece, the first time he ever used the technique that has since taken him all over the globe, we challenged ourselves (or each other), neither of us were that comfortable with the challenge. People took the challenge of Self on in different ways. I like the results, it feels positive, we’ve really enjoyed pulling this show together, it feels like we’ll need to do it again at some point soon, we like the tradition of the self portrait, we like the challenge, we like challenging our fellow artists, we like to be challenged. To be continued…. (SW)
“beautifully apposite ‘Self’ – enclosed/enclosing concept for these times” (Paul Sakoilsky)
“Ogni pittore dipinge sé: Every painter paints himself, just read this and thought of the show” (Susie Hamilton)
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LINKS TO THE ARTISTS, do please use those links now, that is the real point here, the pointing you in the direction of some exciting artists we hope you will go explore and connect with…
And that was it, a seventh on-line show during these strange locked-down times. A big big thanks to anyone and everyone who has visited the exhibition, a big big thanks to all involved in the show. None of the artists were charged a submission fee or anthing else, everything here was done for free, all our time and effort.
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