I made a vow to create one self-portrait per day for a year. Being at the mercy of the fates when it came to time, availability of art materials, and the volatile states of personhood, the only rule I abided by is that the portraits had the right to come into existence. The only way to fail was not to produce one.

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    All about “Without Memory, Without Desire”

    October 2013, Gaffa Gallery, Sydney, was the opening night of my debut solo show, “Without Memory, Without Desire”, a partial collection of 365 portraits that I self-modelled for as a daily practice from April 2012- April 2013.

    Here is a write-up of what this collection of portraits is all about.:

    In the Tendai sect of Buddhism, Japanese monks engage in a daily spiritual practice that involves running a punishing distance of more than 50 miles every morning for a number of years. Clad in white, and carrying only a rope and a short sword, the monk vows to kill himself if he cannot finish his daily circuit for any reason. 

    Moved by the concept of such a radical path to enlightenment, I made a vow to create one self-portrait per day for a year. Being at the mercy of the fates when it came to time, availability of art materials, and the volatile states of personhood, the only rule I abided by is that the portraits had the right to come into existence. The only way to fail was not to produce one. 

    Where the creative process is often depicted as being ruled by the fleeting forces of passion and inspiration, I wanted to explore the role of repetition. Where art is often relegated to the realm of the great and mysterious, I wanted to take it down to the routine and mundane in the hope of discovering what rushes in to fill the void when passion and inspiration are not present. 

    British psychoanalyst, Wilfred Bion, believed that the best way to listen to a patient was “without memory, desire, or understanding’- all of which set the stage for the formation of misleading preconceptions. So, too, was my goal in these 365 repetitions: to train the mind to be free from the influence of memory, and the desire for a specific outcome. 

    — 8 months ago with 11 notes
    #paintings  #art  #gaffa gallery 
    The final self-portrait #365: Aprll 17, 2013. Texter and fineliner on an old book.
I have fooled you all!!! I have fooled you 364 times! THIS is what I really look like! Mwahahaha! :-)
That’s all, folks! It’s been a pleasure! Thank you for taking this creative journey with me.
Know what will be an even greater pleasure? Waking up tomorrow morning and having my first thought be “breakfast”, and not drawing. 
Goodbye, and this is not the end!
Love, Ala

    The final self-portrait #365: Aprll 17, 2013. Texter and fineliner on an old book.

    I have fooled you all!!! I have fooled you 364 times! THIS is what I really look like! Mwahahaha! :-)

    That’s all, folks! It’s been a pleasure! Thank you for taking this creative journey with me.

    Know what will be an even greater pleasure? Waking up tomorrow morning and having my first thought be “breakfast”, and not drawing. 

    Goodbye, and this is not the end!

    Love, Ala

    — 1 year ago with 10 notes
    #april 17  #final  #365  #texter  #fine liner  #old book 
    Daily portrait #363: April 15, 2013. Ink pens on an old book. 

    Daily portrait #363: April 15, 2013. Ink pens on an old book. 

    — 1 year ago with 4 notes
    #april 15  #texter  #fine liner 
    Daily portrait #364: April 15, 2013. Texters on an old book. 

    Daily portrait #364: April 15, 2013. Texters on an old book. 

    — 1 year ago with 1 note
    #april 15  #texter  #old book 
    Daily portrait #362: April 14, 2013. Ink pens on an old book. 

    Daily portrait #362: April 14, 2013. Ink pens on an old book. 

    — 1 year ago with 4 notes
    #april 14  #texter  #fine liner 
    Daily portrait #362: April 13, 2013. Mixed media on an old book. 

    Daily portrait #362: April 13, 2013. Mixed media on an old book. 

    — 1 year ago with 7 notes
    #april 13  #texter  #highlighter  #gel pen  #fine liner  #old book 
    Daily portrait #361: April 12, 2013. Mixed media on an old book. 

    Daily portrait #361: April 12, 2013. Mixed media on an old book. 

    — 1 year ago
    #april 12  #texter  #fine liner  #gel pen  #highlighter  #old book 
    Daily portrait #360: April 11, 2013. Mixed media on an old book. 

    Daily portrait #360: April 11, 2013. Mixed media on an old book. 

    — 1 year ago with 5 notes
    #april 11  #texter  #highlighter  #fine liner  #gel pen  #old book 
    Daily portrait #355: April 10, 2013. Mixed media on an old book.
My numbering is completely out of whack!!!

    Daily portrait #355: April 10, 2013. Mixed media on an old book.

    My numbering is completely out of whack!!!

    — 1 year ago with 4 notes
    #april 10  #texter  #fine liner  #gel pen  #old book  #highlighter 
    Daily portrait #359: April 9, 2013. Texter, fineliner on an old book. 

    Daily portrait #359: April 9, 2013. Texter, fineliner on an old book. 

    — 1 year ago with 5 notes
    #april 9  #fineliner  #texter  #old book