2017 Student #3
Ap Studio Art: 2D PORTFOLIO
What is the central idea of your concentration?
Focusing on adolescents, I explored the ways people express themselves as they embark down the path of self discovery. My portfolio communicates the aspect of experimentation involved when one tries to figure out who they are. Throughout my own experiences, I have learned about what it means to be comfortable in your own skin. This has allowed me to see how identity is reflected in actions performed in everyday life, from getting dressed in the morning and showering to going to sleep at night.
How does the work in your concentration demonstrate the exploration of your idea? You may refer to specific images as examples.
I was inspired by the question, “who are you when the lights go out?” In my portfolio I answered this question by depicting individuals in the act of acknowledging who they truly are. In image 2, the subject wears Air Jordans, a popular shoe. However wearing a pink coat and painting his nails represent his indulgence in something that, while not as socially accepted, satisfies his true style and character. I elaborated on the idea of acceptance in image 7 where I painted the sinking feeling I felt when told by my family that I couldn’t express myself in a way that displayed who I truly was. Gladiolus flowers grow out of the subject to show her attempt at communicating who she is on the inside. The gladiolus flower means strength of character, yet a parental figure hands her hedge trimmers to snip off her growth because “that’s just not how we do things in this family”. Once a person acknowledges who they are “when the lights go out” the next step is becoming comfortable with yourself when the lights are on, or not being afraid to let others see the real you. In image 12 there are multiple subjects. While they all express individuality by wearing different outfits, I used glitter for their bodies to explain that not the clothes but the person wearing them, should be celebrated.