Liquid Days (Self Portrait in Pool)

Artwork

Identifier:
2016.56.1
Artist:
Deborah Lass
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.”
Credit:
Gift of the artist
Getty Art and Architecture Thesaurus Term
watercolors
Library of Congress Subjects
Self-portraits
Current Location:
GVSU ➜ Allendale Campus ➜ Thomas J. and Marcia J. Haas Center for Performing Arts
Location Notes:
PAC Self-Portrait Wall