NOT A DROP OF WATER
I created this piece as a reminder to myself that all people, no matter how differently we approach life, are equal in value. The repetition of the boy suggests this--even though each are looking in three different directions, they are all the same. Both the desert and the clouds represent that there is an absence of God when judging people on how they choose to live, as the desert lack water (God), and the clouds won’t rain.
This self-portrait represents a period of change in my life that I entered the summer before my junior year. The busyness of the previous school year (the leaves) had cleared, allowing me to reflect on my life more plainly. I painted myself looking out into the future, unsure of where I would be.
Now when I look at this piece, I see my past reflection staring back at my future-- my current self. Once again, I am feeling uncertain about my future, yet this painting comforts me as I am reminded that I’ve felt this way before. My future then, is my reality now--a reality that is better than I ever could have conceived.
THROUGH CLOUDED EYES
Inspired by Rene Magritte’s “Son of Man”, this painting explores the relationship between technology and instant gratification. With a simple Google search, our questions can be answered instantly, and as a result we feel restless when we are faced with questions about the world that cannot be answered. The man in pajamas standing in the streets of NYC is the main focus. Our minds are itching to know who he is and why he’s wearing pajamas, but, as in “Son of Man,” we will never get to see his face. I wanted this piece to force the viewer to have to grapple with the feeling of not knowing--a feeling that we so often conveniently avoid.
I drew this composition from life, capturing a worm’s eye view. Utilizing the element of color helped to emphasize the light bulb as the focal point of the drawing.
This was my first of many self-portraits. I wanted to focus on the conflicting desires I have to either grapple with the “big questions” about life and faith, or just go through life without really reflecting on its purpose at all.
The desire to contemplate life is shown through the hand that is pulling the eye to stay open or awake, and the desire to not think at all is represented by the hand keeping my other eye closed or asleep.
WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?
This piece uses several symbols that ultimately have come to be motifs that I incorporate into my artwork. The hands are escaping the turbulent sea waters through the window, while the night sky signifies contemplation. The presence of the moon and stars represent God and the communion of saints watching over me.
This was my first oil painting, and I was interested in playing with texture, light, and perspective. By utilizing the perspective of the viewer, the emotion of the scene is enhanced. The observer’s point of view is almost beneath the bicycle, which emphasizes the feeling of loss as the boy leaves barefoot into the night.
WIND OFF A COLD SEA
Often times I convey ideas with my artwork. Here, I challenged myself to convey a feeling instead.
I can’t even put this feeling into words, which is why I felt it necessary to express it visually instead. Using composition and movement helped to communicate this ambiguous emotion.
HELLO YELLOW DRESS
Symbolism and repetition help to convey the idea that choosing to spend time reflecting on my life through my faith gives me a sustainable joy. The dress becomes more finished and complete throughout the painting to convey how my life becomes fuller the more I focus on my faith.