Series 71, #245
Archival pigment ink on Somerset
7 x 19 inches
My work explores identity through self-portraiture. In my 2020 Self Portrait Project, I examine an imposed lack of human contact in relation to the way it shapes and defines identity. I am interested in the exploration of identity construction in relation to these themes. The images utilize a documentary language revealing, missing aspects of humanity, and a renewed relationship with nature. The temporality of identity and the opportunity to portray myself as a subject rather than an object appeal to me. Traditional self-portraiture, especially that of female artists and the ways in which selfies are utilized in contemporary culture are of great interest to me and remain major underlying themes in my work. Of particular interest are the works of artists such as Ana Mendieta specifically her Silueta Series and Frida Kahlo’s self- portraits, in relation to their exploration of female identity construction and use of nature in their work.
About the Artist
Laratta is based in Hamilton, Ontario. She is the recipient of a Canada Council for the Arts Explore and Create Grant, Ontario Art Council’s Exhibition Assistance Grant, Fieldcote Museum’s Juror’s Choice Award, McMaster Museum of Art People’s Choice Award, Somers Art Community Contribution Award. Her work can be found in the permanent collections of ARTPOOL, Hungary, Lucknow University, India, McMaster University, Hamilton, Museum fur Kommunikation, Berlin, Museum fur Kommunikation, Bern, Switzerland, Museum Scholoss Mayland, Bedburg-Hau, Germany, Alternative Traditions in Contemporary Arts Archive of the University of Iowa, Archives of American Art at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, The B. Davis Schwartz Library, Long Island University, New York, The Book Art Museum, Lodz, Poland, The Fluxmuseum, St. Louis, The Islip Art Museum, NY, Karuizawa New Art Museum, Japan, Moscow Museum, Russia, NYC MoMA, The Mumok, Vienna, Austria, The Musee de la Poste, Paris, France, The Waskomium, Burlington, VT, and various private collections.