Take a break from Instagram and check out some analog self-portraits this weekend.
Rochester-based Katie Schmitt is one of forty-one artists featured in “Spitting Image,” a juried exhibition of self-portraits in a wide range of mediums – from painting and drawing to mixed media.
The exhibit will open with a reception Saturday night, and runs through April 6. The reception will have wine, hors-d’oeuvres, and live music by Mandy LaBarge-Mathis.
And, of course, you’ll get to meet the artists – many of whom should look very familiar after a quick glance around the gallery.
“I thought, ‘what a great idea,’” Schmitt said. “What a good chance to slow down and explore techniques through a self-portrait.”
Selfies are ubiquitous in the 21st century, but self-portraits have been around much, much longer, she said.
“Historically, artists would use themselves as models because they couldn’t afford to pay someone else,” Lanesboro Arts Gallery director Robbie Brokken said in a press release. “This tradition has given us a glimpse into the past and continues to provide insight into the mind of the artist and how they see themselves.”
Self-portraits are a great tool for artists, Schmitt said, since they tend to know their subject well, can study them easily, and it lends itself to a diversity of art styles.
“This region has a really, really strong arts culture,” Schmitt said. “To see all of that through a common theme … is really interesting to me.”
And yes – looking at these pieces will let you get to know the artists better.
“What you present about yourself to the world and what you value tends to come out in this pictorial form,” Schmitt said.