Me, In Lipstick

Christopher Kovacevich's avatar Christopher Kovacevich

It was the Fall of 1989 and I was saying goodbye to a friend as we were leaving for Thanksgiving Break. As she rested her head on my shoulder, she accidentally left a lipstick impression on my jacket. I did not notice it at first, but as I was removing the jacket at home, I noticed the red lipstick and just stared at it for a moment. Perhaps as a romantic notion, or just out of curiosity, I chose not to remove the mark, but instead left it in place and watched it slowly fade away over the next few years. Since that cold day in November, that lipstick mark has always been in the back of my mind, and after 24 years of thought and experimentation, I was finally able to turn that innocent red smudge into the cornerstone of my artistic expression. A small lesson: Those things that are stuck in your head are there for a reason. Try not to ignore them. This self-portrait is made of 6144 squares(see close-up) of lipstick marks. In case you are wondering, yes, they are my lips.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 2 inches
  • Medium: lipstick on canvas
  • Width: 54 inches
  • Year created: 2013
  • Height: 80 inches