Self Portrait(s) [as Other(s)] is a Wikipedia entry on artists gone awry. This E-Lit work comprises together different portraits and different biographies of twelve different artists.
In the description of this E-Lit piece, Talan Memmot writes “[c]urators and art critics paint their own portraits of artists with text”. When an author writes about a real person, they are going to add their own opinions and prejudices into the story. It is inevitable. But, this is what adds interest to a story. Just one story by one author would have layers of multiplicity in it.
However, this piece created by Memmot has even more layers of multiplicity due to the many authors. Memmot has taken the writings of many different art critics and combined them to create one biography of many different people. She has done the same for their portraits. This combination creates many layers. Many different view points and opinions are included in each biography and portrait.
It is interesting to view the the biography of one artist in juxtaposition with that of another artist. It allows the reader to compare and contrast the different artists. But, at the same time it ties them together. They work together to create one story. A story of many different layers. Above is a screen shot from the piece on “Henri Monet”. The author has combined the names of Henri Matisse and Claude Monet. In the portrait are combinations of paintings by many artists. In the text they talk about “the greatest academic painter” who is usually considered to be Jean-Auguste Dominique Ingres, not “Henri Monet”.
Memmot is rewriting history. Every time she attributes an artist with something another artist did, she is pulling at the yarn of multiplicity and shifting the other parts of history around.