About the Book
Mirrored and Obscured: Contemporary Texas Self-Portraits examines the contemporary and ever-changing aspect of self-portraiture in the visual arts through the eyes of 17 contemporary Texas artists. Self-portraits are a universal subject artists have addressed throughout history in many creative disciplines. Self-portraiture offers a window into the soul; a glimpse of self-examination through the visual medium; an autobiographical chapter in the lives of these artists. Self-portraits draw curiosity from the viewer but also a desire to look introspectively and so, this theme is self-sustaining, self-perpetuating and enduring.
Our gratitude goes to the artists who agreed to participate in this exhibition – many who created a new self-portrait specifically for this exhibition. The variation of scale, medium and color makes one realize the abundance of creative talent that is ever changing and evolving on the Lone Star visual stage.