The Self Portrait:

Chris Luttrell

In this first installment of a new series where we commission artists to document their own environments, we ask, ‘How do you see yourself and your space?’

“The classical figure is really important to me and embodies what is so beautiful about the spirit and the vulnerability of being alive. I only wish that my figures were of a quality that could represent that beauty, so I settle for whatever I can present with my hands at any given moment and just be happy that I made it.” — Chris Luttrell


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What is your idea of perfect happiness? To be unaware of my mortality

What is your greatest fear? That I will die sad

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? My overwhelming desire to need the world around me to agree with my expectations of it

What is the trait you most deplore in others? Their lack of desire to do things for me so that I will be comfortable with myself

Which living person do you most admire? That person knows who they are, fully and completely, without any hesitation

What is your greatest extravagance? To pursue a life that I most want

What is your current state of mind? Low-level anxiety

What do you consider the most overrated virtue? Being insufferably organized

On what occasion do you lie? When I meet a woman who likes a man with a big nose

What do you most dislike about your appearance? That I am not being paid enough to appear

Which living person do you most despise? The 45th President of The United States of America

What is the quality you most like in a man? Sense of humor

What is the quality you most like in a woman? Sense of humor

Which words or phrases do you most overuse? ‘Man’, ‘totally’, ‘um’…

What or who is the greatest love of your life? My parents

When and where were you happiest? Childhood up until my early 20s

Which talent would you most like to have? To pursue any ambition fearlessly and with utter focus

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? Improve my ability to be generous

What do you consider your greatest achievement? Making it through my academic career until I graduated college

If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be? To come back as a person who dies and then comes back to life again

Where would you most like to live? Anywhere that it’s cold enough in the mornings to drink hot tea with milk and honey and listen to the birds

What is your most treasured possession? My grandfather’s pocketknife

 What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? To be deprived of a peace of mind

What is your favorite occupation? Good Samaritan

What is your most marked characteristic? My dimple

What do you most value in your friends? A sense of the abstract

Who are your favorite Artists? Lou Reed, Richard Kern, Joe Andoe, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Harmony Korine, Georgia O’Keefe, Ouattara Watts, Mark Grotjahn, Andy Warhol, Willem De Kooning, Wendy O. Williams, but not necessarily in that order.

Who is your hero of fiction? Homer Simpson

Which historical figure do you most identify with? Ben Franklin

Who are your heroes in real life? People who tend to the needy, the ill, the disabled, the spiritually lost

What are your favorite names? Skip, Trip, Jack, Elvis, Mary Anne, Ginger, Sarah, Brooke, Chris, Christin

What is it that you most dislike? Exclusivity

What is your greatest regret? Not saving money on the several occasions that I had much more than my share of it.

How would you like to die? Naturally, with all my affairs resolved, surrounded by the people I love

What is your motto? Always show up