Below is the written explanation of the artist’s Sustained Investigation. To view the full images and details of each piece, click/tap on the thumbnail.
My Sustained Investigation follows the exploration of identity and how its fluidity can manifest in different ways. Throughout the pieces, my focus was on creating images of relationships between individuals and themselves that are influential to identity. Because identities vary by person and by type, my investigation includes a mixture and contrast of dark colors and bright colors to represent the diverse conflicts of suppression versus acceptance. My intent was to illuminate the beauty of human expression and capture the intangibility of identity itself. In order to do this, I experimented with my art style by stepping into the realm of surrealism to represent the other-worldliness of an individual’s identity. In works #1-8, I used a combination of dark color and distortion of the natural in order to portray the suppression of identity and the internal tension that may come with it. In works #2, #4, and #6 specifically, I distorted the portrait of the subject in order to highlight societal impacts on individual expression. In works #9-14, I explored more of the different forms taken by identity until work #15, where I painted a look into self-acceptance above all else.