Self Portrait as Medusa1958 by Marcia Marcus

Self portrait is always an interesting and convenient subject and two examples, one from the early period,Self Portrait as Medusa, 1958, and the other from the later period, Self Portrait, 1996, shows the evolution of the work of Marcia Marcus.

...Medusa, a self-portrait from 1958 in which Marcus portrays herself in a form loosely resembling that of the Greek monster. Rendered against a thinly painted crimson background, and wearing an olive-green tunic and a belt embellished with bits of gold leaf, she stares out from the picture, her face framed by thick tendrils of hair.
...early self portraits hint at the narrative, allegorical possibilities Marcus would explore more fully in her complex, multi-figure compositions from the 1960s and ’70s.
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