Robert Melee - Contemporary Artists

Self Portrait

Self Portrait The Saatchi Gallery
 

Robert Melee

Self Portrait

2000
slip cover, gilded frame, and black and white photographs

243.8 x 137.2cm

Making the most of embarrassment, Robert Melee’s Self Portrait encapsulates all the cringe-worthy sentiments of family photography. Inlaid within a multi-window frame, the same image of Melee’s face is replicated in each space: dull-eyed, bad haircut, painstakingly self-conscious. Reminiscent of Warhol’s multiples, Melee offers his portrait as both icon and keepsake, magnifying the nakedness of personal disclosure as a generic and empty sentiment.
 
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