Hogarth selfie on Flickr.
‘The Small Self’, 20 September 2014–11 January 2015
It was great to be asked to contribute a piece to the show ‘The Small Self’ at William Hogarth’s house in Chiswick http://williamhogarthtrust.org.uk/
The Hogarth Trust asked more than 50 members of the artistic community to produce a small self-portrait to mark the 250th anniversary of Hogarth’s death. The contributors include some big names – artists such as Peter Blake, Humphrey Ocean, Anthony Green, performers including Joanna Lumley, and cartoonist Steve Bell to name a few. I was rubbing shoulders with all of these at the opening on Friday 19 September, and got a nice welcome from Anthony Green, who owns one of my sculptures.
Hogarth has influenced a lot of artists and the idea was to show our response to his legacy. I enjoyed researching the project and learning more about his work. My own selfie was inspired by Hogarth’s portraits. I noticed that he made them more flattering my taking the face slightly from the side, so the nose is in profile. I etched my own self-portrait using this approach, then welded it on to a sculpture that contains some oblique references to Hogarth (see image below/attached). I think I took a slightly more light-hearted approach than some of the other artists, although Peter Blake’s selfie depicted his face with a pug tattooed on the forehead.
The exhibition is open Tuesday to Sunday, 12 to 5, until 11 January, and is free.