© 2020 Margie Houlston

Self-Destruction (scrunched paper), 2016

Overview

Self-Destruction is a project focusing on the ruination of self-portraits in a collection of different mediums. The act of disposal is a common way of destroying a piece of art. This art piece is a (fully used) sketchbook with attempted self-portraits, disposed of as soon as the piece was not going ‘right’. This piece portrays very obsessive behaviour -with the need of seeking for perfection. Like the common theme within this project, the act of disposing a piece after piece is an act of frustration.

Self-Destruction

[self-di-struhk-shuh n]

n. the destruction of oneself or one's life.

Example: 'She was afraid of not being enough; not good enough, not smart enough, not pretty enough. So she fell through the acts of self-destruction. Passively allowing opportunities to pass by, not valuing her worth, sabortaging relaionships, avoiding social interactions, hiding her emotions and refusing help until soon she was a shell of herself. And the damage was done.'

Self-Destruction Workbook