Self-portraits-as has been a major focus of my work since 2000 when I began self-portraits-as First Ladies in The White House Collection. Through this device, I have developed the self-portrait-as into a distinct genre of figure painting that embraces the complexities of contemporary life. I have subsequently added other personae to my portfolio including Christine Blasey Ford, Frida Kahlo, Greta Thunberg, and as Freedom, the sculpture that crowns the US Capitol. Expanding the concept, I employ the alias to create work, painting under various pseudonyms such as Mamie Eisenhower and Eleanor Roosevelt.

 

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