Acerbumdulce (Latin: bittersweet) is an ongoing series of self-portraits incorporating various mixed media techniques. 
Growing old is a bittersweet privilege, one denied to so many, but ageing is also accompanied by loss along with emotional and physical changes. Youth and beauty fade, old age envelops the wearer with a cloak of invisibility. Following my 69th birthday in January 2023 I turned the camera on myself in an attempt to explore my emotions as I rapidly approached my 70th birthday. The initial photograph is my starting point, each image is then physically or digitally manipulated. The images, although ambiguous, are intended to shrug off my own shrouds and challenge the perception of how a septuagenarian woman is perceived.