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I draw people while they draw me, forming a Self Portrait In Society.  Having amassed over 500 portraits, it's time to share the magic.
I draw people while they draw me, forming a Self Portrait In Society.  Having amassed over 500 portraits, it's time to share the magic.
I draw people while they draw me, forming a Self Portrait In Society. Having amassed over 500 portraits, it's time to share the magic.
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SELF PORTRAIT IN SOCIETY: An Exhibition for Everyone

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Self Portrait in Society is an intimate and ongoing art project involving myself, a pen, a blank sheet of paper, and a perfect stranger. For over a year I’ve been drawing people and asking them to draw me at the same time. With over 500 portraits and counting (250 sittings), it’s time to share this collection and the artworks that have been inspired by it. This Kickstarter is about taking Self Portrait In Society to its next logical place - the people!

I don't say this lightly, but receiving these portraits has really affirmed my faith in humankind. For every person who claims they cannot - should not - draw, there is a totally unique artwork and perspective captured. We view the pen as a simple technology, but it really isn’t. And we’re very hard on ourselves about what we can achieve with it.  

With this exhibition I want to recreate the same spirit people have brought to the project time and time again.  Even the most reluctant of participants are soon to be found furrowing their brow, or smiling to themselves. There is openness, curiosity, even a flash of childlike wonder. People put down their pen, but not for long (there’s always something missing).

 

If you’re in Sydney, I invite you to a one-night-only extravaganza at COMMUNE, Waterloo on Friday 30 September. But you can also attend from across the oceans. The installations, video art, and even live performance art (attendees are welcome to participate in creating an artwork on the night) will all be captured for posterity as a virtual reality experience.  Working with Bleep Bloop VR will allow me to capture a beautifully fleeting moment in time for everyone to witness.

Here's a breakdown of how the funds will be used: 

The funds will also help propel the project in general, giving me some latitude to experiment with new mediums and to develop a book on the project. As a designer and editorial/layout fetishist I can't wait to manipulate these drawings into a tactile piece of art (one that just happens to be a book) and share my experiences in making them. Backers of the project will be the first to hear about these developments.

This project has changed me. It’s democratic. No matter what infinitesimal internal prejudice I have, I have to quash it, because everyone has something to offer me. They’re a potential subject, and I would be lucky to interact with them. I think it’s made me less self-conscious too. You can become quite self-conscious if someone is drawing you, but if you have to create something at the same time I think you become much more engrossed with what you can contribute than how you look. 

Pledging tip!  You can only choose one pledge, so if you'd like to get a couple of things, please pledge for the bigger reward and add anything extra you would like to your total. Just message me with your desired add-on!  e.g. If you'd like exhibition tickets ($20) AND an A5 print ($60) just pledge $80 or more under the A5 print reward and note down that you'd like the tickets too!

 

Risks and challenges

This is my first solo exhibition, and the scope is big - there are literally hundreds of artworks to display (not to mention the hundreds of square metres that the gallery space sprawls). However, I'm extremely fortunate to have the support of Sam Ali (Founder, Commune), Lachlan Phillips (Film and VR Mastermind, Bleep Bloop) and Ashleigh West (advisor). I'm confident that their expertise and kindness will usher me along, as it has already. I'm also not new to wrangling creative dreams into being. Some of you will have seen me build a magazine from scratch when I was 19. Today I make a living off the back of entirely self-taught graphic and web design skills.

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    A Patronage for Ants

    Dip your toe into the world of arts patronage - the preferred way since ancient times to "cleanse" one's wealth. Your name will appear on my website and in the exhibition catalogue in very small yet cultivated lettering.

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    Exhibition Catalogue

    12 page signed exhibition catalogue including images of large scale works and space to draw.

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    Two Tickets to Sydney Exhibition

    Be a patron in person! Includes signed copies of the exhibition catalogue for you and a friend, live music and refreshments. The exhibition will take place Friday 30 September at Commune in Waterloo, Sydney. Your name will appear in said exhibition catalogue.

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    VR Exhibition Experience

    Attend the Self Portrait in Society exhibition from the comfort of your very own sanctum! You'll be sent a limited edition VR headset (designed to Google Cardboard specifications), simple instructions on how to use this art-show-in-a-box, and a signed exhibition catalogue. The highly immersive VR package will be made by Bleep Bloop VR founder Lachlan Phillips, a film animator whose credits include The Lego Movie.

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    Signed A5 Portrait Print by Nena Salobir

    Choose from one of the 250+ portraits I have drawn in the course of this project (the full list will be supplied to choose from). The prints will be signed and numbered, in a strictly limited edition of 5, on archival quality art paper. Your name will appear on my website and in the exhibition catalogue.

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    The Muse

    The night before the exhibition I will fall asleep chanting your name (or message of up to 5 words) into the darkness.

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    A5 Original Artwork by Nena Salobir

    Original signed artwork from a live sitting. You can choose to draw me at the same time, or not. Your name will appear on my website and in the exhibition catalogue.

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    A3 Portrait Print by Nena Salobir

    Choose from one of the 250+ portraits I have drawn in the course of this project (the full list will be supplied to choose from). The prints will be signed and numbered, in a strictly limited edition of 5, on archival quality art paper. The matching portrait of me drawn at that sitting will be reproduced on the back. Your name will appear on my website and in the exhibition catalogue.

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    Framed Side by Side Portrait Duo

    Choose from one of the 250+ sittings I have conducted. The pair will be presented in a custom frame and archival quality matboard (choose black or white). As always, the prints will be signed and numbered, in a strictly limited edition of 5, on archival quality art paper. Your name will appear on my website and in the exhibition catalogue as a "Purist".

    Collection in Sydney preferred.

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    The Patron Saint

    Be an official Self Portrait in Society groupie, with:
    - 2 tickets to the exhibition including signed catalogues.
    - The VR exhibition experience so you can re-live every moment.
    - An A5 Original signed portrait (see reward valued at $125).
    - An A3 Portrait Print (see reward valued at $130).
    - A Side by Side Framed Portrait Duo (see reward valued at $185).
    And I will write your name on my website and in the exhibition catalogue in large letters under the heading "Patron Saint".

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    Pledge AU$ 2,500 or more About US$ 1,817

    Private Art Experience

    Having a sketch artist around is always great for your social standing. Just ask Jane Avril!

    I'm available for all significant events: weddings, funerals, courtroom hearings. Let me add a creative dimension to your special event as I capture you and your guests for posterity. I will draw all day and night if that's what it takes to capture the faces that love and surround you. A Degas-tation if you will.

    All of the original artworks are yours to keep, presented in a very French fine art album.

    Your name will also appear, in large but tasteful lettering, on my website and in the exhibition catalogue under the heading "Excellent Social Standing".

    I am expecting that your event will take place in Sydney by the end of 2017, but I am very happy to hear special requests and ideas.

    PLUS! Two tickets to the Sydney exhibition.

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    Corporate Art Package

    Get the creative synapses of your staff firing with a totally customisable creative workshop experience - or a collection of portraits that captures the heart of your organisation.

    Need a wall of art? Or some non-headshot headshots? Love the people in your organisation, and want to reflect how awesome, varied and totally unique they are? I'm your woman!

    Your company's logo will appear prominently in the exhibition catalogue, and on the Self Portrait In Society website, sparking conjecture that your company is "an awesome place to work".

    I anticipate that this will take place in Sydney by the end of 2017, but I am very happy to hear special requests and ideas.

    PLUS! 4 tickets to the Sydney exhibition.

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