Self Portrait I

This is the first self-portrait Whitten created. This is not a typical self portrait in that thefigure does not look directly like Whitten, but is shaped in the general form of a head. This figure is created by small abstract shapes and is contrasted by a black backdrop.  By looking at this piece it is not obvious that it is a human-like form. Knowing that it is a self-portrait, however, what do you think Whitten is revealing about himself?