2016 Student #10
Ap Studio Art: DRAWING PORTFOLIO
What is the central idea of your concentration?
The central idea of my concentration is based around how people, especially teenagers and young adults, are portrayed in social media. By scrolling through photos on someone’s Facebook or Instagram, one gets an idea about what that person’s life is like, what they do on the weekends and who their friends and family are. Sometimes these photos are an accurate representation of one’s life and who they are, but usually it’s very different from their reality.
How does the work in your concentration demonstrate the exploration of your idea? You may refer to specific images as examples.
My work reflects the exploration of my idea by drawing the figures with lines tangent to their bodies, restricting them into literal boxes. This represents how social media often confines individuals to the photos that they post to their profiles on social media outlets. All of these pictures portray real images that were taken strictly off of social media sites. Instead of taking the “beautiful” or “perfect” pictures, I instead chose the photos that were often overlooked and with few “likes” or comments. Many figures are portrayed as imperfect and sometimes even awkward. The imperfection and unusual stances the figures take in these drawings and paintings reflect my high school experiences. In my images there are awkward poses and smiles, unwanted wrinkles and shadows that portray how I felt so very and extremely ordinary and a little odd. For example, image #9 shows three girls standing, the figure on the far left, (me) has an awkward tilt of her head and her glasses do not correctly align her face. This contrasts with the other two girls in the drawing who are more at ease with their stance and are looking at straight ahead with confidence. My drawings and paintings are not a social critique to society or how my high school made me feel, it is simply a reflection of social media and what people choose to post.