I chose to use the same medium as in the first
self-portrait to relay that my self-image did not change completely
but it expanded. I began to see all of the other elements in my
life that made me who I am. My posture is slightly altered jus like
my life after having gone to Fiji. I can still stand by having to
have balance in my life to do the things I want and need to do.
Only now I have a better understanding on how
those vary things are even possible for me. Learning and experiencing
the Fijian culture helped to put it into perspective. I also added
an object in this piece that wasnÕt in the first. The object is
the Fiji moon. ItÕs different from ours, or at least it looks that
way. I wanted to bring something back with me, in a sense, and this
is the way I chose to do.
(I would like to dedicate this artwork in memory
of Alex White.)
revised October 31, 2002