Levan Mindiashvili: Doubts, Desires, Dreams (Self Portrait), 2011
Toyin Odutola: Self Portrait, after Najva Sol (Brooklyn, NY.), 2012
Pen ink and acrylic ink on black board. 20 x 15 inches. This is based on a portrait taken by my girl, Najva, while I was in visiting NYC in March. I loved the portrait so much I decided to render it.
Being born on the verge of the break up of the Communist Soviet Union, I was thrown into those ideals as a young child. But as the Red Curtain fell, Moldova emerged. I lived in Moldova for 7 years, until moving to the United States. In the United States, I traveled with my family, from various residences in California, until finally planting ourselves in the middle of the country, in rural Missouri. This triptych represents the transformation I went through from childhood until now as a young artist. Being born into Communism, then living under reformed Moldova, until finally being in the freedom of the United States. The self-portrait represents not only the journey of one, but also of many.