This project is art school classic, the self-portrait, with a twist.  This particular self-portrait will explore, in some way, your digital identity.How do our roles as makers, when we work with a traditional medium like painting, intersect with our digital identities?  Are digital spaces viewed as extensions of our studio spaces, avenues for promotion, or places for conversation and connection? How is our data collected and used?  What kind of portrait might our digital footprint create?

To get started, study the painting, Google, 2006 by Dana Schutz.  An image of the painting and audio of the artist’s commentary can be found here:

We will further analyze Google in class.

Concept and Research

Possible routes for diving into this theme include, but are not limited to:

  1. Constructions of identity on social media
  2. Your role as a digital citizen.  How does identity intersect with digital citizenship?
  3. The exchange of personal data for access to digital spaces

As mentioned in class, you will write a blog post about your process upon completion of the painting.  Be sure to include an image of the completed painting.


Your painting may be figurative, conceptual or abstract.  The work should be painted on the 36″ x 36″ cradled panel to be build as part of this assignment.  Paint (oil or acrylic) should be the primary medium.

The painting and blog post are due on  Friday, March 8.  Please post questions or comments below.


Feb. 25: Build cradle. Gesso panel before class on Feb. 27

Feb. 27: Studio work day

March 1: Artist’s Talk, Sandra Martinez, noon- 1 p.m.

Studio work day, 1-2 p.m.

March 4: Working Critique

March 6: Studio Work day

March 8: Self-Portrait painting and blog post due



Digital Identity, Self-Portrait

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