2016 Student #23
Ap Studio Art: DRAWING PORTFOLIO
What is the central idea of your concentration?
My artwork takes a critical view of consumerism in today’s society. I look into how mass produced products are constantly surrounding and affecting people, both inside and out. With “newer and better” material objects shoved into our faces constantly I wanted explore the emotions and thoughts that are a result because of it. Advertisements, popular brand names, and my own personal thoughts about consumer culture influenced the design of my concentration.
How does the work in your concentration demonstrate the exploration of your idea? You may refer to specific images as examples.
My concentration on consumerism first emerged after I began to create pieces that displayed a variety of emotions and ideas that I had revolving around my role in society. I looked at how I could manipulate the human form in order to creatively explain my personal feelings while still being relatable to viewers. I used acrylic paint for a majority of my pieces because of the fluidity and boldness that it has compared to other materials. I used both my own body and the bodies of my peers as references, making creative changes to them after designing a sketch first. I shifted my focus from the effects on the physical/mental form toward actual consumer goods. I chose to paint/draw the products simply as they are instead of manipulating them as I did with the human figure. This is a statement about how consumerism never really changes; the people that live in a world surrounded by it do.