Self Portrait as Not Dead Yet

The self portraits of Julie Heffernan kinda creeped me out the first time I saw them, but at the same time that was the thing that led me to like her paintings even more. Full of symbolism, hidden meanings and grotesc aesthetic make me want to look at their paintings endlessly.

“Like the Old Masters that her work evokes, Julie Heffernan’s paintings give us a lot to look at, a wealth of sheer visual entertainment. Burnished with a pearly gloss concocted from a unique recipe of intelligence, fairy tale, art history and high fashion, each image engages us for a long time, and compels us to move closer, then further away , then closer again – – as opposed to those paintings that we feel we know perfectly well, or well enough, from across the room.”

-Francine Prose


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