Who Do You Think You Are: The Selfie Deconstructed

Cary Okoro's avatar Cary Okoro

Over 100 million Selfies are taken every day, and over 1,000 are posted to Instagram every SECOND. What are we doing? And what do all these Selfies tell us about our understanding of identity? As an artist and filmmaker, I am usually either behind the camera lens or carefully control how I am represented. But with this project, I wanted to take apart and poke a little fun at the Self I think I am presenting to the world through social media. Beginning with a Selfie, I deconstruct the image by making a ‘blind contour’ drawing of the photo (a drawing made by not looking at the paper) and then paint directly from the drawing. Through this process, the original Selfie is transformed, leaving a less controlled, more whimsical self-portrait that can be interpreted in many ways. For more information: www.caryokoro.com

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 1/2 inch
  • Medium: Acrylic paint on board
  • Width: 24 inches
  • Year created: 2017
  • Height: 24 inches