2017 Student #20
Ap Studio Art: Drawing PORTFOLIO
What is the central idea of your concentration?
My work explores the human body, both the internal, unchangeable structures and the external characteristics. I found that hands were a very effective way of representing the intangible, figurative thoughts and perceptions we have about our own selves. The images balance the concrete matter of bone and skin with the symbolic hands and meanings.
How does the work in your concentration demonstrate the exploration of your idea? You may refer to specific images as examples.
All of the pieces focus on different parts of the human body, and each has its own significance, whether that’s the eyes conveying emotions (images __ and __) or the pelvic bones (images __ and __) being the core structure that holds our bodies together. The use of bones as subject matter stems from the idea that they are our foundations; they are the pieces of us that can’t be changed, that are permanent and unalterable. However, they are also the foundations of a body that is shaped around the skeleton, that can be built and changed and destroyed. The hands are a part of this process, and they are literally tools we use to express ourselves, and symbols of inner feelings and perceptions. My pieces play around with using a limited color palette to reflect the emotions, or lack thereof. The composition of each piece was also very deliberate; I used windows to contain and also bring out the subject matter, and the negative space helps to emphasize this aspect. Some of the pieces also use lines and boxes to bring together the cropped shapes and to unite the piece, just like a skeleton would connect the entire body. They are snippets of either the outside world or the internal anatomy.