2016 Student #4
Ap Studio Art: DRAWING PORTFOLIO
What is the central idea of your concentration?
The focal point of my concentration revolves around the idea that physical health is taken more seriously than mental or emotional health. I wanted to capture trauma that isn’t visible and internal pain of the soul that goes beyond the visible bruises and bleeding. It is a play on the phrase “ The eyes are the windows to the soul.” The eyes reveal the internal feelings, emotions, and truth, and it is through the eyes I make the emotional scars visible.
How does the work in your concentration demonstrate the exploration of your idea? You may refer to specific images as examples.To help emphasize my idea I use specific composition and detailing. Eliminating nearly everything else in the composition, I bring attention to the eye and the emotion in it. The eye is the main focus of the viewer and yet the eye itself reciprocates that same feeling to the viewer. It is a focus that works as an emotional stimulant, whilst acting as a direct confrontation of the viewer, making them feel like they’re the ones being scrutinized. Rather than making the eyes shy away from the viewer and allow themselves be objectified and defined as gentle or simply aesthetically appealing, they do the opposite. They refuse to be submissive and instead confront the viewer. They’re strong and passionate despite being emotional and hurt. This message is supported with my use of medium. Normally watercolors are considered to be gentle and light. The way I used watercolor was building it up through layers to make it bright, intense and powerful. Even with the subjects being things that are considered beautiful and fragile such as eyes, flowers, and butterflies, combined together they become strong and powerful while maintaining their beauty. Despite hurting inside and experiencing pain, these subjects are fighting through it all and challenging perceptions of weakness.