Self Portrait
a video by
Owen Eric Wood

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A striking physical resemblance is used as a metaphor for the biological, psychological and spiritual connections that exist among family. As part of his exploration of identity through genealogy, the artist expresses a contradiction between the undeniable familial connections holding him to his roots and the feelings of isolation and alienation that weigh deeply in the gap between generations. This paradox invokes a temporal depiction of self, which is communicated visually through the passage of time in the piece.

Technical Information

running time: 3 min
year: 2004
country: Canada
original format: miniDV
genre: experimental, video art
subject: identity through genealogy
language: no dialogue
video: colour
aspect ratio: 4:3
sound: stereo


camera and editing by:
     Owen Eric Wood
distributed by:
thanks to:
     Terrence Wood



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