You Don’t Need A Cape To Be A Hero. You Just Need To Care. Wayne Brezinka self-portrait, age 7, Nashville, Tennessee, 2018, Mixed media, 36" x 36" overall (91.44 x 91.44 cm) © 2018 Wayne Brezinka. All rights reserved.
Nashville Art’s Magazine
In addition to the work being featured in the August, 2018 issue of Nashville Arts, I was invited to write an essay reflecting on why I am continually drawn to making portraits. You can read the full article HERE.
Throughout the course of art history, self-portraiture has remained a tried and true practice among artists. (Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh and many others) Transcending technique and style, self-portrayals are prevalent in every major movement, from the inspired Italian Renaissance to the Post-Modern and Contemporary period. – Kelly Richman-Abdou
The year was 1975 and this is a conceptual portrait of myself at the age of 7. I remember my dad calling me Superman when I was a child. The nickname does not hold any positive or negative weight; it is merely a memory. I began to wonder what that idea might look like worked into a portrait.
My 11-year-old son modeled a cape, a blazer suit coat and the American flag for my reference. He also created the hand lettering you see in the background (images shown here in gallery)
The stripes within the flag/cape employ a collage of various children (Latino, African-American, Asian and American Indian) as a means of responding to history and our current social and political landscape. I hope we continue to challenge our conventional views of power and privilege in America. “You Don’t Need A Cape To Be A Hero. You Just Need To Care.” - Kid President
Look up child
The world is born
And your soles are worn
Who do you call to ease your pain
I hope for you to get through this rain
Windows are rolled down
Words by Amos Lee
AMONG THE OBJECTS USED TO CONSTRUCT THIS WORK INCLUDE:
• Personal childhood photos of myself
• A 1970’s altered Minnesota road map
• Rustic farm rope (used to create my hair)
• Primitive pasteurized butter boxes (tinted yellow) from Elm Dale Creamery near my hometown
• Vintage Crayola Crayons and their boxes (altered and hidden)
• Tissue Paper
• Painted cloth and cardboard
Portrait of Wayne Brezinka next to the art; photo: Scott Estes