Self Portrait at Nine Years Old, 2008
Pigmented cotton base sheet with stenciled linen pulp painting
12 x12 in
Courtesy the artist and Dieu Donne
Self Portrait at Nine Years Old is the second in a series of works that explore how notions of the self are formed by images from popular culture. Ligon’s stenciled paper pulp “self-portrait” is actually an image of James Brown, a pop singer whom the artist idolized when he was a child. The artist has said about the series, “Remember when you loved a pop star so much that you wanted to look like them, sing like them, be like them? That’s what these self portraits are about.”
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