Julia Holden

Self Portrait (Mark & Paul Rayner)

2019 photograph

Image Size: 2 of 870 x 705mm
Overall Size: 870 x 1412mm

2019, diptych archival pigment print, 1/1

Winning artwork for the Vermont Award in the 2019 Wallace Arts Trust Awards

Julia Holden

The Self-Portrait (Mark and Paul Rayner) diptych is part of one on-going series thread within my practice entitled I’m Your Fan, a project that originated in 2014. Using the whole body as the living ‘canvas’ I’m Your Fan considers the artist-self in relation to an artist’s primary influences or artistic heroes. The photographic works highlight connections between artists and artworks as past and present mentors, paying homage to the ways in which artists connect with certain artworks in ongoing visual conversations.

Continuing this body of work and adding a humorous twist to the idea of the self-portraiture, the dual Self-Portraits are modelled on original artworks by Paul and Mark Rayner respectively. The artists are well-known fixtures in the artistic fabric of Whanganui, and proprietors of the Rayner Brothers Gallery on Glasgow Street. I was fortunate to meet the brothers while artist-in-residence at Tylee Cottage for the Sarjeant Gallery in late 2018-early 2019, and I welcomed the opportunity to collaborate. The result is their highly personal ceramic works have been reimagined, becoming life-sized performance/sculpture-paintings.