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self-portrait painting as Carmen Miranda by Margaret McCann
oil on linen
40" x 30"
2011
self-portrait painting as architecture by Margaret McCann
oil on linen
24" x 24"
2005
self-portrait painting as Marge Simpson by Margaret McCann
oil on canvas
48" x 28"
2005
self-portrait painting as Marge Simpson by Margaret McCann
oil on panel
36" x 24"
2008
self-portrait painting as architecture by Margaret McCann
oil on canvas
36" x 24"
2005
self-portrait painting by Margaret McCann
oil on canvas
36" x 24"
2006
self-portrait painting as water and waves by Margaret McCann
oil on linen
24" x 24"
2008
self-portrait painting as Medusa by Margaret McCann
oil on canvas
48" x 24"
2008
self-portrait painting (after Picasso) by Margaret McCann
oil on linen
24" x 18"
2005
Self-Portrait as Pulcinella
oil on panel
20" x 16"
1995
self-portrait painting as Christo creations; homage to 9/11 by Margaret McCann
oil on linen
36" x 28"
2012
self-portrait painting as 'the Guggenheim Museum meets the Statue of Liberty' by Margaret McCann
oil on canvas
52" x 23"
2000
self-portrait painting as parking garage in Rome by Margaret McCann
oil on panel
20" x 16"
1994
"Bella"
o/c
20" x 14"
1994
Self-Portrait as Lady in Waiting
oil on canvas
20" x 20"
2012
self-portrait painting awith fencing mask by Margaret McCann
oil on canvas
20" x 20"
1991

My Fulbright project was to study depictions of saints in Italy and apply their strange fusion of the neurotic and sublime to portraiture. I spent a lot of time in churches encountering proto-surreal paintings of devout figures fairly oblivious to their being flayed, stabbed, etc. The project begun in grad school at Yale ("Self-Portrait as St. Sebastian," etc.), inspired by my Halloween costumes, which featured head-dresses, and by the totemistic compositions of African sculptures I studied at the Yale Art Gallery. The saints project led to 'criptosanti' and eventually to 'headworks' - self-portraits with the stuff of thought in architectural configurations piled on my head.