Painting 1: Icarus
This piece aims to discuss the misunderstandings of people and presents an individual aiming to overcome these misunderstandings. The work speaks of young male identity and the struggle of finding their own truth.
The use of body language, art elements and props is important to the work. The gold painting presents a young man, bathed in a regal golden chair and atmosphere. The colour vibrates with warmth and a lustre of high value. He struggles with his feminine attributes, displayed in the flower crown, but defies judgement with his relaxed and overconfident stance. A variety of textures over the surface of the painting suggests the rapid change that happens within youth. The chair provides stability and poise in his dilemma of identity, as in his youth he otherwise may become awkward and unbalanced.
Within contemporary society, individuals should be at liberty to express themselves without direct shaming or oppression. We aim not to be labelled, but unfortunately, the cycle of hypocrisy perseveres and we are nevertheless labelled by society, hence the impossibility of true freedom of expression.
The subjects’ neutral expressions and subtle engagement of eye contact can be highly criticised when juxtaposed with this cultural context, so the frustration for society’s hypocrisy is displayed in an aesthetic and symbolic manner. Introspection and angst is communicated in the contrast of the colour scheme, and is further emphasised by centralising the subject against a plain background. Another dichotomy is created in the intent to ‘break free’ while against stationary placement.
Painting 2: Mind Over Matter
Life is a dance between making it happen and letting it happen.
My piece aims to discuss the struggle that comes with great responsibilities, and presents a woman positioned to overcome this struggle. The piece speaks of an empowered female identity undergoing internal turmoil.
At reaching certain stages in life, adults experience extreme difficulties that, more often than not, the youth are not able to fathom. As a youth myself, I can only try to understand this turmoil through visual expression and interpretation.
Introspection and angst is communicated in the use of tone and the colour scheme, and is further emphasised by centralising the subject against a plain background. Another dichotomy is created in the intent to ‘break free’ while against stationary placement.