Diane Arbus

I found an amazing book of photographs by Diane Arbus at the used bookstore last week, and did this oil sketch from a photograph of her (the photo was taken by Stephen Frank).  A quote from one of her lectures at Rhode Island School of Design in 1970:

"Everybody has that thing where they need to look one way but they come out looking another way and that's what people observe.  You see someone on the street and essentially what you notice about them is the flaw.  It's just extraordinary that we should have been given these peculiarities.  And, not content with what we were given, we create a whole other set.  Our whole guise is like giving a sign to the world to think of us in a certain way but there's a point between what you want people to know about you and what you can't help people knowing about you.  And that has to do with what I've always called the gap between intention and effect."

I think her work is so incisive and brilliant and original.