The Anti-Locke Selfportrait

Recently I have discovered the beauty that is audiobooks. I was walking down the street the other day, listening to¬†A Little History of Philosophy, and I came upon the idea of John Locke’s regarding the importance of memory in identity. The author, Nigel Warburton, asked that the listeners view an image of a younger self and determine whether we are the same person. Locke claimed that since I have no recollection of being that small, I am a different person from then and cannot be responsible. This inspired me to bring a baby picture to art class to draw. I started painting without a sketch, thinking about creating a partially geometric, incomplete face, but the iridescence of a dirty palette urged completion and I was left with a self portrait that I still identify with. Though the little girl I drew is painfully innocent, I am still her. Just grown up.

Art Work. July 2, 2016. Acrylic on Canvas. The Anti-Locke Selfportrait


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