Measuring Up (2014)

Measuring Up (2014)

Oil on Canvas
28″ x 40″

This one took on many layers and much agonizing, but I think I’m finally done with it. I don’t think you’re ever “done” with a painting, there just comes to a point where it makes sense to stop.

For me, this painting represents a marked departure from the strict symbolism and realism I’ve adhered to in the past. I let myself play with the paint this time, utilizing textures, fragmented and disjointed abstract forms to express the feeling I wanted to capture.

A dark piece; the contrasted edges represent the boundaries and expectations we give ourselves and allow others of us. But every now and again, streaks of light and color creep into the dark edges of our reflected thoughts and memories, allowing us to create ourselves by being destroyed.

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On Beauty

I’ve never considered myself a late bloomer, but lately I’ve started to acknowledge that I am. As I’m learning to see and comprehend new techniques and ideas, I’m continually being humbled by what I still don’t know. I guess that’s what makes the process interesting. 

Image

My latest piece attempts to combine various elements of ideas I’ve been mulling over in my brain: the concept of Beauty and Image as a commodity, its falsity, and the punishment women give themselves and others while trying to attain it. The magazine articles I collaged into the background came from just ONE Glamour magazine–just one magazine gave me everything I needed in this piece, including articles like “Don’t get a nose job, get glasses,” or “What men think of your shoes,” and ads like, “Hope in a Jar.” 

It wasn’t surprising, but I was surprised—so much of what we grew up and still see just wants to sell us on the unattainable. It’s all there in the background, the white noise that we learn to tune out but still remains. Some women tell me that feminism is irrelevant now, but between the conversations around current events occurring in Steubenville, in India, and even the backlash against Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In, I think there is still much to be discussed. Feel free to disagree. 

 

 


1.25.12 – Donald Contemplates.

Oil on Canvas, 20″ x 24″

Donald

Had to do a still life as a diagnostic first assignment. Decided to have fun with it.