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tanekeya word [I]: fill in the blank:honesty is to _______________ as portraiture is to ______________ .
toyin odutola [to]: i should preface that i’m really bad at this sort of thing. here’s a go: “honesty is to love as portraiture is to art?”
I: creating is an intimate act for the artist who works alone in their studio, so if you could collaborate with anyone from the past or present, who would it be and why, what project would you all work on together?
to: it’s funny you should mention this, because for the past few months i have been considering collaboration for the first time. right now, i am planning to work on a comic book project with a friend of mine. it’s really exciting trading emails, writing the script and forging this new story together. it’s very different from what i’m used to, but it’s refreshing to have another person in the incubator with you, treading through the marshes together, to, hopefully, arrive at something we are both happy with and proud of.
I: self portraiture is the original selfie. over the years, what have you discovered about yourself, by drawing yourself?
to: it’s so weird. i must be one of the few people who takes a selfie for reference and not simply for the sake of it alone. ha! i’m interested in using my image as a navigator for a story. i’m not so concerned about my image being misinterpreted, because that is almost inevitable, it’s all filters, as aforementioned. what i am interested in when working with my image is the idea of where that image can go. it’s boring limiting the self portrait to what i am in this reality, that needs no embellishment or enhancement. the reference should be the starting point into something else, something expansive. what i learn from each portrait is what and how a face, a body, an image can become, say, a landscape, a poem, a letter, a symposium, a musical composition… . all of these things and more are possible.
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