Self-portrait in Cardinal Robe 11Save Favorites
Daniel Donato is curious about investigating self-portraiture and the display of identity. He attempts this through costume-wearing as a character-building process under the narration of scandals in the catholic church. His subjects’ identities are mysteries to his viewers, who are the accusers, violators, and victims in his portraits. His subjects are symbolic of the Vatican covering their immoral crimes from the publics’ eye. His research material is on an individual case that was comprised of cardinal Carlo-Maria Vigano accusing cardinal Theodore McCarrick of over 20 years of child molestation and money laundering. His process stems from reading and looking at Italian Renaissance paintings for inspiration for depicting an iconography of gazes, gestures, and objects. Wearing a custom-made cardinal robe and attempting to behave like a cardinal helps him take on its character. It is only through this character building process that he can genuinely feel that he is creating an attitude for my desire image. After posing in front of a camera, the photograph gets translated into drawings, prints, and paintings. He intends to communicate emotions to his viewers through portraits that reference abuse of power in the Catholic church.