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"Messages (Self Portrait)", 1968

Performance, Judson Church

Self-Portrait was performed at Judson Church in May 1968; Gallery Art Intermedia, Koln, Germany, on July 3, 1968, and Gallery Rene Block, Berlin, Germany, on August 29, 1968.

During the course of the performance Picard destroyed three mirrors. 

“The mirrors are symbols. The mirror-image represents the artist’s identity. I paint several pictures in Liquitex on the mirror surface, each time erasing the images, the last destruction is of the mirror, which is hit by a hammer.” -Lil Picard

Lil Picard Papers, University of Iowa Libraries