Throughout history artists have used the self-portrait as a vehicle for self-discovery and contemplation, simultaneously documenting and commenting on their existence; and increasingly we see the body and the self being used in political contexts and referencing the surrounding social climate.
In this eclectic group exhibition, Melbourne artists – including Kickstart Helix artist Luke Duncan King – present the self-portrait through diverse mediums. Figurative works that use more traditional devices are presented alongside others that re-imagine or distort, pushing into abstraction. Painted representations, sculpture, photographs and stop motion, lo-fi images captured on hand-held devices, and movement pieces performed in real time. The works explore concepts including identity, gender, vulnerability, sex, social media, body image, loss, feminism, and mind body duality.