Lauryn Hill is one of my favourite female artists. She is very inspirational to me so I decided, why not paint a portrait of her? I went to Micheals and bought a pretty big canvas. I would have to say my second largest canvas I have owned. This portrait of Lauryn Hill has to be more largest portrait I have done, so i was pretty nervous to see how challenging the process would be. I was actually ecstatic to see the results. This piece took about two months to finish because I was very on and off with it. So finishing this art work was a relief to me.
What happens when you think of remix? Probably a musical track, right? Well guess what?! It doesn’t necessarily have to be that way. You all probably know by now that visual art is my thing. So, I decided to create a remix in the art form… How did I decide to do this? Well, I got permission to take a picture of my classmates charcoal abstract sketch. Then, I created a remixed version of it by adding colours and soft edges. I basically took things out, added new details and changed it up a bit, but still recreating some aspect of the sketch. I created a watercolour version of my classmates charcoal sketch, adding vibrant cool colours. Take a look at how it turned out:
Here is my art piece that I installed in my art exhibition last year.
Matches, bandages, Fish Oil pills, knives, red solo cups, wooden panels, spray paint, acrylic paint, tack glue.
My piece illustrates the idea of abuse with the use of three-dimensional repeated objects. The objects signify different types of abuse: matches and pills represent drug abuse, mini red solo cups reveal alcoholism and knives symbolize self-harm. The bandages are a metaphor for the act of covering up abuse or eventually healing it. Throughout this piece I used a Mandela effect, which is a technique often used in art therapy because of its balance in symmetry. Artist Tara Donavon influenced my piece as she uses dramatic three-dimensional repeated objects.
You may have not met me in person, so you would be wondering how i’m like in person. To tell you the truth, sharing myself online feels restricting and limited. I say this because you always have to be careful about the things you say and post online because the online world isn’t always safe or trustworthy. But, whatever I share online, is my true self. I don’t have time to be fake or someone I’m not because that’s just not the type of person I am. That’s why whenever I add posts on my blog I try to write in a way that feels like I am talking to my audience as if I’m there, face to face having a conversation. There’s a lot of me that I don’t post online because there’s is only so much you can see in a person over their blog posts. Everything seems much more real in person. My online self does express who I am but not to the full extent. I also don’t want to add so much online because if someone really wants to get to know me, I prefer that in person. I think I am much more reserved online because once something is published, it will be there forever. There is so much more to me from the things I post on my blog or pictures I post on Instagram.