At the River's Edge 24"x18" oil on canvas 1998
Emily Brown is well known for her many approaches to the subject of landscape- her large ink wash drawings of sunlit trees, her unusual close-up views of rotting vegetation in compost heaps, and also for her more traditional landscapes of the rolling hills of her native Pennsylvania. When asked to paint a self portrait for a special exhibition, it seems fitting that she chose to portray herself as a mere shadow on the natural world. Her understated presence here has a quiet grace as well as surprising power.
Inspired by Douglas Ferrin's remarkably honest series of self portraits, February will be dedicated to the art of the self portrait. Please email your suggestion (not your own work please) with a few words to decribe why you like it. Be sure to include the title, medium, size and year.