‘Hairy Self-Portrait’ by Veronica Jaeger
Artist: Veronica Jaeger
Title: ‘Hairy Self-Portrait’
Medium: Oil on Canvas
Dimensions: 18” x 24”
Year of Creation: 2017
About the Artwork:
“Hairy Self-Portrait represents the common existential question about who we are. Are we what we think, or what we perceive outside of us? It is said that the spark of light or energy that keep us functioning is equal in all that lives, animal, plant, or human. If I am what I see, then I am depicting myself as physical and impermanent as my dog. The bubbles represent that impermanence, and the clouds a questioning about what is above.” – Veronica Jaeger
About the Artist:
Veronica Jaeger was born and grew up in Venezuela and moved to the United States in 2000. She received a M.F.A degree from the University of Texas Pan-American in 2006. Her work has been exhibited and awarded in solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums throughout the United States and abroad.
The main focus of her work is to explore the meaning of consciousness through an ephemeral world of imaginary subjects merging with different elements: geometric shapes, lines, bubbles, ears, feet, eyes, clouds, heads. These elements symbolize transformation, life, death, and the impermanence of all forms and all things. Her ideas are mostly expressed using oil paints on canvas and drawings on paper.
Making something out of nothing along with the feeling of disconnecting from the reality of the everyday life is what keeps me delving into the process of drawing and painting. There, in my invented world, imaginary portraits merge with different elements: geometric shapes, lines, bubbles, ears, feet, eyes, clouds. These elements symbolize consciousness, transformation, life, death, and the impermanence of all forms and all things. Imagining there is a common thread in all that exists, brings a playfulness and ephemerality in my work that I parallel to life and that I try to capture in my creative practice.