A self-portrait (auto-portrait in French) is the portrait of an artist as they see themselves. Pablo Picasso once said: “Who sees the human face correctly: the photographer, the mirror, or the painter?” For me, the face is like a mask that is worn by the soul. The face is a very distinct part of the human body that reflects and communicates most emotions. It also represents a personal image and identity that distinguishes one person from another.
In the legal world, criminals are not identified by their faces, but their fingerprints. Evidence from fingerprints plays a key role in elucidating crimes and matching identities. In court, fingerprints can be used to convict a suspect of committing a crime or clear them of any suspicion.
The legal world has always portrayed individuals through their fingerprints, and not through their faces. My self-portrait in the legal context cannot be anything else than a portrait of my fingerprint. A painting of my fingerprint produces a more exact legal portrait of myself than a painting of my face.