"If my work speaks for itself, why should I interrupt?" Robert Louis Stevenson is reported to have asked.

Why does there always have to be an 'artist's statement'? The most an artist's statement can do is provide a little context.
Here is some context regarding my portraits of people in paper crowns. Paper crowns are found in 'crackers', brightly colored paper tubes, twisted at both ends and used to celebrate Christmas in the United Kingdom. In addition to the paper crown, there is a toy or other trinket inside. On Christmas day a cracker is pulled apart by two people and gives out a crack as its contents are dispersed.
The image of someone wearing a paper crown is almost inevitably facetious and self-deprecating. The wearer usually has an expression that seems to say, "I'm a king or queen -- but we all know this is just silly pretending." I find it refreshing to do portraiture of people in attitudes that show they don't take themselves too seriously. There is enough genuinely pompous portraiture in the world already.
So there is the 'artist's statement.'
Now, an artist's question:

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