Image: Self-portrait

Renée Beanland
Self-portrait

photo etching, ed. 2/10
(1-4) 58.5 x 18.1 cm (plates) (each), 78.7 x 40.3 cm (sheet)
Portland Secondary College, Portland
An exploration of my fear of porcelain dolls (pediophobia) evolved into illustrating other irrational childhood fears. I incorporated both the innocence and pain of childhood memories. Solar etching enabled the layering of translucent photographic images to be cropped and positioned haphazardly onto the plate to create a dreamlike quality. This layering evoked the blurriness of the memories. I combined the darkness of Goya’s imagery with children’s toys. I was also influenced by Paula Rego, another etcher who presents a disturbing perspective on childhood nursery rhymes.