Malaguzzi and Musatti (1996), Pelo (2007) believe that self-portraiture is deeply connected to children’s identity perceptions … stories children tell in their portraits:
A SELF-PORTRAIT IS AN INTIMATE, BOLD DECLARATION OF IDENTITY. IN HER SELF-PORTRAIT, A CHILD OFFERS HERSELF AS BOTH SUBJECT AND ARTIST. WHEN WE LOOK AT HER SELF-PORTRAIT, WE SEE A CHILD AS SHE SEES HERSELF. THE STORY OF SELF-PORTRAIT WORK IS A TENDER STORY TO TELL.