Uji Venkat

Self Portrait in Conversation with Paul Signac

Oil on Canvas, 20, 2014

Small impressionistic strokes were used to convey, on a small scale, the stippling used in Paul Signac's Portrait of Félix Fénéon. I replaced the figure of Félix Fénéon with myself and obscured the traditional manly figure in the gold coat to paint a more modern woman. Like many female artists prior to the 20th century, I painted myself painting, seeking validation. However, I am holding a latex glove and lab notebook in the other hand. This plays off the idea of the Renaissance man to embody that women too have mastered many arts. More personally, I have found, through my studies, that I enjoy most seeing where art and science meet.