In connection with the Domain of One’s Own project, we are going to explore digital identity through several painting projects this semester. 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?

The first project we will use for this exploration is an art school classic–the self-portrait.  This particular self-portrait will explore, in some way, your digital identity.

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.  In the post, explain your research and painting process.  Sundi Richard, an instructional designer at SNC, is an expert on the topics of digital identity and citizenship and is willing to answer questions and guide you to further sources on these topics. Here is an introduction to her work on digital citizenship:

You will meet her in class on Tuesday when she gets us started with the DoOO project.  She can be contacted through her SNC email or Twitter at @sundilu.


Your painting may be figurative, conceptual or abstract.  The work should be painted on the 40″ x 40″ cradled panel we built in class.  Paint (oil or acrylic) should be the dominant medium used but you may also incorporate traditional mixed media or digital elements into the work.  As an example, several years ago a student painted a self-portrait, posted a photograph of the painting on facebook and printed printed a screenshot of the painting on facebook, with likes and comments, as an element of the final work.

The painting and blog post are due on February 16.  Please post questions or comments below.


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