"Tell Me Who I Am" Launched At New Canaan Library

NEW CANAAN, Conn. -- The New Canaan Library welcomes the public to an opening reception for the exhibit "Tell Me Who I Am": Identity in Contemporary Portraiture on Thursday, Feb. 25.

New Canaan Library is hosting an opening reception for "Tell Me Who I Am" on Feb. 25.

New Canaan Library is hosting an opening reception for "Tell Me Who I Am" on Feb. 25.

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The artists have used a varied of media, from photography to drawing, painting to fiber art, with originality and skill. Many of the artists are available for private commissions, as well.

"In their different ways, all inspire us to think more deeply on the nature of representation and identity -- or, put another way, am I who I think I am?"

Like all pictures, portraits tell a story. Paradoxically, the stories that tell the greatest truths are often fiction, the stuff of fairy tales, fables, and legends. So we ask of a portrait's story, does it present a likeness or an inner identity? Does it depict its subject as it is or as it might be? This exhibit of contemporary portraits features the work of seven artists who are rethinking portraiture for our time.

Of all the genres, portraits depend the most on relationships, for they represent a triangle between sitter, artist and the circumstances of the commission. The portrait artist walks a fine line, earning the subject's confidence and trust while also seeking to reveal something fresh and not altogether expected. The third point of the triangle, the work's circumstances of commission, further influences how the piece will be made and perceived.

The artists include Ellen Gordon, Barbara Griffiths, Jana Ireijo, Sooo-z Mastropietro, Barbara Mathis, Lucy Nelson and Phyllis Sinrich.The show will be on display at the Curtis Gallery from Thursday, Feb. 18 to Sunday, March 27.

The New Canaan Library is located at 151 Main St. To keep up with library events, visit its website, or follow it on Facebook or Twitter.

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