Artist Michelle Leivan

Workings of the Soul in Living Color

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Current Series:

Being My #Selfie

The impressions of digital self-portraits are fascinating to me as being a part of our social media culture. What does it reveal about a person?  There are complex human emotions behind each selfie in how it is picked by the 'artist' and then how it is seen by the world in which it is shared.

I am creating my own “selfies” through the age-old practice of painting, combining the historical journey of the original artist’s self-portrait method and the modern selfie photo. This allows me an expressive visual dialogue on the human condition created by social media and insight on our place in the world at large.

I invite you to watch the progress and join in on the conversations, you can find me on Facebook here. 

New development you can join in the social media commentary by creating your own meme text with my new Selfies series and post it on your Social Media profile.  There is a face for every mood and you can use my expressions to mask your own! Create it with Meme-A-Leivan!


My system for creating these is similar to the quick photos you will find online. I either use a mirror (like many people do to take selfies) and create the piece or I snap a quick photo and then use it as a reference later to paint from.