The Human Body Abstracted What is the central idea of your concentration? My concentration focuses on the human body abstracted. Everyone’s personality is contained within their body, and I wanted to bring some part of their personality into the light through my artwork. I took studies of the people around me and altered their bodies into more basic forms or shifted perspectives in order to create a distorted image of their body reflective of their inner self. How does the work in your concentration demonstrate the exploration of your idea? You may refer to specific images as examples. When referencing the images please indicate the image numbers The pieces in my concentration are exemplary of the human body abstracted, and the inner personality within. In the first piece (1) the painting inspired by the mannequin found in the AP room. Many would say that she is into nature due to her constant nudity, adornment with flowers and skulls. She has a darker side, however. She is repeatedly secualized and often groped by random people entering the classroom. For these reasons, I chose to create the painting on a wood board, and color her in green hues with roses and vines surrounding her, emphasizing her natural aesthetic. The piece becomes darker however, surrounding the roses and her body in black, and putting her in a seductive pose, representing her constant sexualization and harassment. Piece 12 is a self portrait, refracted in many places by bubbles. The bubbles represent not only my bubbly personality, but they also cover places that I am secretly self conscious of. One covers my eye due to my horrendous eyesight, another covers my mouth because of my temper and how easily I end up in shouting matches, and yet another covers the top of my head, wherein my brain is hidden, and my fear that I am not smart enough or good enough. Pieces 8 and 9 are of my boyfriend Matthew. 9 is a print of his face in 3 different colors. He looks angry in the print, but he constantly scrunches his eyebrows and puckers his lips when he pokes fun at me or makes jokes at one of our expenses. Piece 8 focuses on his confidence. He is blurred out, the ink has smudged, and yet you can still see how he stands in a confident pose, unafraid of putting his body on display. I wanted it to be blurred as a reference to his spirit as well as his cool and easygoing nature. Pieces 2-7 also focus on confidence levels in different ways. 4,6, and 7 are representations of the body broken down into simpler shapes, however one can still see their confidence in how they are positioned. For example, 6, a representation of my cousin Angela, looks straight ahead with her chin up; she is broken down into a multitude of triangles to show her detail oriented mind.