„You have to aim at developing a distinctive style and authenticity if you want to get somewhere, this is what critics often demand from artists. History sustains this theory. If you look at a painting by Andy Warhol or a sculpture by Alberto Giacometti, people refer to it as "a Warhol" or "a Giacometti". At this moment, the artwork becomes the representative of the artist. If additionally there is a portrait of the artist himself, one obtains two representatives of one person. You could talk about a heraldic and a natural image now. By now, when the name "Warhol" comes up, people think of the countless icons of Pop-Art. Also Picasso's blue-and-white striped t-shirt is nearly as famous and on the spot as his Le Demoiselles d'Avignon.
Jacqueline Chanton shows both, her painted portrait of the artist and also his work painted by her. She proves the fact that we live in the midst of images. The photographical portraits of various artists can be seen as a part of mass culture – as mass pictures/images. Because of their almost inflationary use, in comparison to real artworks, they turned into icons themselves. Hence Chanton's work is an examination of a very present fact, namely the change within the culture of images/pictures. The actual artwork and the photo portrait of the artist who made it, converge. The trivial and mass cultural field of image creation expands more and more. With the invention of “image machines“ a procedure was opened, which philosophers like Günther Anders or Jean Baudrillard hold responsible for the fact that the world became an image. Jacqueline Chanton seems to show this in an elementary way. Today "a Picasso" is both, a painting and the artist himself, both are images for us.“