Blogging’s Incidental Art of Self-Portrait
Did every artist you can think of eventually do a self-portrait? I imagine that at least once, most said okay, let’s do this (not that they kept the result).
I was going to guess that Marcel Duchamp never did a self-portrait, but a Google search proved me wrong. I figured his take on self-portrait would be as unique and understated as his conceptual art. Here’s what he did (and the background story) as posted online by The Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art, New York City.
Could blogging, in some sense, be considered an art form? Could it, by intention or not, amount to self-portrait? How strict is one’s definition?
Open a box containing your belongings and assorted writings, including to-do lists. Could you say you have a portrait-in-a-box?
It’s not surprising that the first art form that comes to mind when I think of blogging is collage.
Aren’t all blogs like serialized collage?
To continue this playful, analogous line of reasoning, one could also say that blogs resemble pointillism—each post like a point on the canvas that takes on definition over time.
Some are like cubism, with postings of multiple, plural viewpoints on a subject. Even when the subject isn’t self, it still infers one’s identity and its complexity.
Some blogs emerge as expressionist canvases; others as impressionist.
A personal blog will portray life experience, ideas, and eventually, some essence of the artist.
For even when one seems to say don’t look at me, look at what I’m posting, the hundreds of thousands of keystrokes can’t help but reveal something, at least a suggestion—at least in profile, at least in silhouette.