In her playful yet pointed images, Doig uses unfinished patchwork projects to create a new,
placard-waving series of self portraits that explore conscious notions of identity and personal image.
Combining her stylised poses and gestures with decorative fabrics from the 1940s and 50s, Doig uses the self-portraits in Splendid to illuminate the inherent vanity and affectation of self portraiture. While the vibrant colours, patterning and patchwork design give the works a vivid pop style that belies the intricate authenticity of the detail Doig recreates, the facetious use of placards allows Doig to engage directly with the viewer, repeating comments others have previously made about her work. A humorous and meticulous culmination of influences, Doig’s embroideries are much more than simply ‘Splendid’.
Press release courtesy Martin Browne Contemporary.