Current Location:
Allendale Campus -> Thomas J. and Marcia J. Haas Center for Performing Arts
Location Notes:
PAC Self-Portrait Wall

Liquid Days (Self Portrait in Pool)

Artwork
Identifier:
2016.56.1
Artist:
Deborah Lass
Credit:
Gift of the artist
Medium:
Watercolor
Date:
1993
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 26.25 in Width: 18.25 in
Description:
person near the bottom of the painting with brown hair and freckles emerging from green/blue water
Historical Context:
Deborah Lass graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art with a degree in graphic design and studied in Canada, Mexico, Europe and Russia. She is best known for her watercolor paintings of koi (Japanese carp). "It's all about pattern and color," she says. "There's something about water that fascinates me. I like the colors of the water, the movement of the fish through the water." Lass goes on to state, “I have lived with rheumatoid arthritis for a long time. Water offers me a rare period of relief and comfort, so the idea of painting a picture of myself submerged in water was an obvious one. But there is another significant aspect to this image. Just as my family and I moved into our lakeside home, we lost one of our children. What you see in the painting is an image of the lake water helping me with the pain of loss and disease. Not all my work is this personal or therapeutic, of course, but art does offer many opportunities beyond mere decoration.”

Wikipedia Summary:

Watercolor (American English) or watercolour (Commonwealth and Ireland), also aquarelle (French loanword), a diminutive of the Latin for water, is a painting method in which the paints are made of pigments suspended in a water-based solution. Watercolor refers to both the medium and the resulting artwork.

The traditional and most common support—material to which the paint is applied—for watercolor paintings is paper. Other supports include papyrus, bark papers, plastics, vellum, or leather, fabric, wood, and canvas. Watercolor paper is often made entirely or partially with cotton, which gives a good texture and minimizes distortion when wet. Watercolors are usually translucent, and appear luminous because the pigments are laid down in a pure form with few fillers obscuring the pigment colors. Watercolors can also be made opaque by adding Chinese white.

In East Asia, watercolor painting with inks is referred to as brush painting or scroll painting. In Chinese, Korean, and Japanese painting it has been the dominant medium, often in monochrome black or browns. India, Ethiopia, and other countries have long watercolor painting traditions as well. Fingerpainting with watercolor paints originated in mainland China.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watercolor_painting;https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-portraits
Getty Art and Architecture Thesaurus Term:
watercolors
Library of Congress Subjects:
Self-portraits