Jaimie Warren is by no means the first—or the best—artist to embrace self-portraiture as an artistic methodology, but she certainly looks to be having the most fun doing it. An uneven selection of forty-two of her droll, scrappy photographs constituted “Don’t You Feel Better,” her recent solo debut at Higher Pictures; the title, like the exhibition, betrayed a cathartic impulse at once frustrating and entirely refreshing.
Warren’s work invokes a lineage of other female self-portraitists, most obviously Cindy Sherman and Nikki S. Lee. Whereas Lee, however, often dresses to pass—as stereotyped figures or subcultural archetypes—Warren primps to fail; whether made up as a scaly carny (Untitled [Self Portrait, Smoking Mermaid], 2006) or a sleepy, sultry girl on a plane (Untitled [Self Portrait, Tupac], 2006), she is everywhere, always herself. If Sherman and Lee are character actors, Warren is
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