Self Portrait #20 (after Klee)

sp #20 comp

enclosing one
imperfectly caught life–
between thinking and acting out–
completed inside the border, this face,
this arrangement of edges on intersections
intersections on edges of arrangement–this
face, this border, the inside completed
out—acting and thinking between
life caught imperfectly–
one enclosing

Instead of painting this one, I used Neocolors, which worked well through layering to give the irregularity of each color Klee produced with paint.  It was a real challenge–trying to get the geometry while maintaining at least a little resemblance.  I think I want to try this one in collage as well.  It would be like assembling a puzzle.

The circle shape of the head inspired the poem, which was also a challenge.  It uses the palindrome form, where the second half reverses the word order of the first half with one word as connector.  Finding words that work in both directions is also like solving a puzzle…well I do like to play with words.

You can see all the self portraits in the “100 Self Portrait” series here.  Four-fifths to go.

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23 responses to “Self Portrait #20 (after Klee)”

  1. janetweightreed10 says :

    Love the words and the image 🙂 x

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  2. 10000hoursleft says :

    Great play with words, colours and shapes Kerfe 😊

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  3. Jodi says :

    Love it!!!

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  4. merrildsmith says :

    Wow-a tour de force, Kerfe! The images remind me of a little Klee square I had. I’m not sure where it came from or what happened to it, but the colors were similar. The poem captures another type of between, which I guess circles always do by their very nature. That palindrome form–impressive that you’ve done it so well, not gimmicky at all, but flowing seamlessly (like circles). 🙂

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    • memadtwo says :

      Thanks Merril. I love Klee. He’s so free in his explorations, and the colors are amazing. Also, he’s done lots of grids!
      I’m reading a book about circles and I was actually surprised to see the author talk about it in terms of boundaries, but it makes sense. As to the palindrome…it was definitely a lot of trial and error. But it’s fun to play with words.

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  5. Claudia McGill says :

    I am just blown away here. Both portrait and poem. Just wow.

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  6. tayoulevy says :

    Reblogged this on Tayoulevy’s Weblog and commented:
    very good and very inspiring

    Liked by 1 person

  7. outsideauthority says :

    Always love the 100 self portraits!

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  8. Genie Geer says :

    WOW! Yeah, what Claudia said.

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  9. rivrvlogr says :

    Perfect, well-done form.

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  10. R and D says :

    just now finally exploring your site and we’re hooked… in a good way & will return for more. the part where you explain what you are doing is refreshing & encourages us to speak up, too!

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