self-portrait of Jenny Theisen

Found on phone arts:


Can't remember if Gerhard Richter ever attacked himself with a squeegee, the way he famously did with newspaper icons and at least one family member. And also am not sure if the above is really an image of "Jenny Thiesen" or a classically featured surrogate. But it's a successful portrait, combining the class photo vibe with face-recognition eeriness, like an official scan gone wrong. Or rather, gone wrong in an artistic way. We're used to pixelation noise but I like that the pixels are in turn blurred and smeared - errors of errors - while not interfering with the timeless Western beauty coveted by the old masters as well as every advertising hack and blogger looking to goose stats with a pretty face.