Realism: Self-Portrait

As she works on a self-portrait, artist Gaela Erwin talks about her interest in the genre and how she paints herself in costume or with symbols such as birds. She also talks about the revision process, how painting self-portraits causes her to look inward, and issues of mortality and resurrection that are often the subtext of her work.

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