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“Self-Leadership” Nan Genger 11" x 14" on paper: self-portrait image transfer with acrylic gel medium, tape, 4.5" x 6" on paper: self-portrait image transfer with acrylic gel medium, tape, 6" h x 4.5" w original photograph with the word “Self-Leadership.” The artist uses an acrylic gel transfer technique of her self-portrait, a woman white short, straight, white hair.the image is matte with a linen texture created by alternating the direction of brush strokes with large bristles. there are torn pieces of duck tape on the top corners of the photo. This overlays an original Photoshop photograph of a snowy mountain intersected by a train track leading up to the word “Self-leadership.”

“Self-Leadership”

Artist: Nan Genger, MFA, BFA, Cambridge

Description: 11″ x 14″ on paper: self-portrait image transfer with acrylic gel medium, tape, 4.5″ x 6″ original photograph with the word “Self-Leadership.”

Artist Statement: This collage represents the interaction between the exterior face of depression, acting as a protective cover, and the human capacity to heal through self-compassion and connection. Even through the facial curtain, you see the inner terrain to be explored to discover and witness our vulnerable and hurt parts.* To best portray this duality, I chose to use an acrylic gel transfer technique of my self-portrait because it allows for degrees of opacity based on the number of layers of gel medium used. The choice of matte versus a glossy medium, along with the linen texture created by alternating the direction of brush strokes with large bristles, further denotes the rough and foggy emotional state. The torn duck tape again depicts the rawness of depression. This overlays an original Photoshop photograph of a snowy mountain intersected by a train track leading up to the word “Self-leadership.” The photograph was taken through a window at a residential treatment center where I was beginning my healing work which continues today. Thank you.

In Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS), this courageous healing journey is led by our “Self.” This was #50 of the series, 100 Parts in 100 Days, completed at Mass College of Art. Visit www.nangenger.com to see the entire series and artist statement.

About the Artist: Nan Genger is an artist and political activist living in Cambridge, Massachusetts. With academic degrees in Cultural Anthropology and Women’s Studies, she was awarded a full scholarship to attend the Massachusetts College of Art and Design to complete a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, majoring in 3D Fibers, in 2017. She is an advocate of disability rights and the end of racism, sexism, oppression of the LGBTQ community, and ageism. As a survivor of child abuse and domestic violence, Nan practices Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS), and is currently researching/writing a workbook on IFS and art.

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