Style1½ inches thick (3.75 cm) Product Details Artist grade canvas, archival inks, wooden stretcher bars, and UVB protective coating
AvailablityUsually ships within five business days. ArtistJaeda DeWalt Platinum Member CollectionSensual
Description This SP represents my distorted body image and how highly critical i am of my physicality and flaws.
My childhood was filled with my mothers cruel, cutting and critical remarks, regarding my appearance, she has never liked the way i look, which is ironic, because i bare such a strong resemblance to her.
My father was equally critical and has always prized physical beauty (along with intelligence). He used to rate men and women, everywhere we would go on a scale of one to ten and sometimes hed even break the score down by body parts, like, Her legs are a ten, her face is a seven type thing.
I think my parents did have a huge impact on my body image and self-esteem. Ive come a long way with both issues but realize i still have a long way to go. It's an ever-evolving journey. Photographing these self portraits continues to be a strangely healing experience for me. That is the beauty of being an adult, i can fashion myself and my life into what i want, need and desire them to be. It wouldn't be wise for me to continue hanging my self-esteem on the opinion of my parents or anyone else, for that matter.
HOW THIS IMAGE WAS CREATED: <I photographed myself against a black background using a digital camera and self-timer shutter release. I then distorted the image by hand in Adobe Photoshop.
About Me: I am a self-taught taught artist that discovered my passion of photography, back in 1995, while writing my first book, Haunting Hands. A book initially intended to be a collection of poems i had written about surviving a difficult childhood. I decided it would feel more personal if i created the cover for the book myself. Shortly thereafter, i purchased a camera and turned my living room into a makeshift studio. I did a series of self-portraits and then another and another. The process of creating and putting myself in front of the camera felt cathartic, liberating and healing. The photographic medium opened up a new world to me and ignited a kind of passion within that i didn’t even know i was capable of experiencing. My book transformed into a, survivor-orientated, photographic essay and that started me down the path to becoming a photographic artist.
ANSWER TO THE MOST FAQ EVER: Are your self-portraits, self-portraits? YES! I don't consider a self-portrait to be TRULY a self-portrait unless i take the picture of myself, by myself. It's not easy to chase oneself around with the camera, LOL. But that's what i do. I use a digital camera, utilizing the self-timer mode. Sometimes i get the shot i want on the first shot or first few frames and other times it takes me 100s of pictures to get the shot i want.
WHY do you create? . . . because imagery, poetry and words can offer us a feeling, an experience and the magical gift of transport. I want my imagery to give people a way to express themselves, to offer them a moment of magic and wonder, I want to ignite the imagination, emotions and give people a sense of connection. Learn more about my creative process via the Q & A page of my website: http://www.redbubble.com/people/jaedadewalt/journal/694520-q-and-a-with-jaeda.
BRIEF BIO: I have produced cover art for books, playbills, collective fine art books and have had my work exhibited in New York, including the Hofstra Museum. In 2009 i published, Shades of the Soul an artography book featuring my art and poetry. You can preview my book, here: http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/625673