2016 Student #20
Ap Studio Art: DRAWING PORTFOLIO
What is the central idea of your concentration?I chose to take the thoughts and inquires of teenage girls, from myself and those around me, and project them in my visual artwork. I explored various recurring themes that concern many teenage girls: beauty, boys, acceptance, happiness and personal health. Experimenting with many different approaches to my artwork, I expanded on the self-exploration that comes with growing up.
How does the work in your concentration demonstrate the exploration of your idea? You may refer to specific images as examples.
I combined multiple mediums and played with collage to express my wildly diverse moods and thoughts, and those other teenage girls may feel. While growing up, teens explore different activities and friends which helps develop who they are. My playful use of multiple mediums reflects this. One day I combine collage and glitter, and the next I'll do pencil and spray paint and see what happens, just as teens do when they try something new. Once I learn to control the materials I’m working with, I use them to create a new narrative about the teen experience. For example, in my 1st piece the girl herself is carefully drawn in pencil, giving her a soft and pure look to emphasize the stereotype that young girls are innocent and submissive. In contrast to how girls may appear, the wild mix of the collage of good-looking boys and expressive spray paint suggests something different, that boys are all that she sees and thinks about. Many of my earlier pieces were focused on my own thoughts, but as the semester progressed a meaningful interest in other people’s stories began to inform my art. Looking at my 11th and 12th pieces, the spray paint backgrounds are messy and unpredictable, but the people themselves are carefully drawn and strong. They are different sizes and have different expressions to emphasize each character's individuality.