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"Understanding" _
Lewis Derogene (PhenomenaLewis) _
Self-Portrait Photograph | 2021 _
45in x 30in _
Limited Edition of 7 AP _

In "Understanding," PhenomenaLewis presents a thought-provoking self-portrait that delves into the complex journey of self-discovery. The composition features two striking images of the artist, a dark-skinned Black woman, draped in blue satin fabric with matching Black headwraps. The deep velvety background serves as a dramatic backdrop to their exploration.
In this captivating self-portrait, the two iterations of PhenomenaLewis face each other, each adorned with distinctive symbolic elements. One figure is adorned with a pocket watch, emblematic of time and the ever-moving present. In contrast, the other figure dons an earpiece, representing the past self. This visual juxtaposition illustrates the profound exploration of oneself through the lens of time, memory, and self-perception.
The overarching theme of this self-portrait is the quest to uncover the authentic self within. PhenomenaLewis knowingly recognizes that the journey to self-understanding often involves a comparison of oneself to others through the prisms of idolization or envy. However, she advocates for a deeper self-analysis, one that delves into the uncharted territories of the self, even those shrouded in darkness and painful memories.
The artist candidly acknowledges that the process of self-discovery can be heavy, as it necessitates confronting one's past, both the beautiful and the ugly. The memories we may wish to forget are integral to our identities, and even the positive aspects contribute to our complexity. The act of self-reflection and introspection is crucial to achieving a profound understanding of oneself.
The title "Understanding" aptly encapsulates the essence of this piece, as it underscores the idea that genuine self-awareness is attained through the journey of self-exploration and reflection. It encourages viewers to contemplate their own paths to self-discovery, acknowledging that a deeper understanding of oneself often requires navigating the complex terrain of memories, emotions, and experiences.

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