Self Portrait / Sequins
sequins on velvet
60" x 38"
© Ron Orpitelli 2012
Photo by Tim Steele
I have always considered my art to be self
reflective.  But this piece is my first venture
into such a direct approach to self portraiture.  
This was inspired by the amazing portraits
created by Chuck Close.  I admire his
grid-based approach to exploring color and
scale in creating an image.  My image is
based on a shot I snapped of myself with a
cell phone.  Given my history, the choice of
sequins as the medium was only natural.  
Many sequins used here are left over from
earlier drapeaux pieces (many of the antique
sequins coming from the late-lamented
sequin room upstairs at General Bead in San
Francisco).  I wanted each sequin to act as a
dot of color in a pointillist manner.  So unlike
earlier pieces where the sequins were sewn
onto banners, here they were glued onto
fabric (black crushed velvet of course) which
was then applied to a wood panel.  This
allowed for less overlapping of sequins for
more clarity of color, as well as the use of a
wider pallet of unexpected textures and
colors.  As a result, the picture throws light
back in strange and unexpected ways (maybe
not so inappropriate considering the subject).
© Ron Orpitelli 2012
© Ron Orpitelli 2012