Jordan Atencio

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.

At the beginning of the year I had started my first concentration, but in November, I had decided to stop playing volleyball and for the first time in my life it was not the epitome of my personality. For the first time I had to question what would life be if I wasn’t involved in volleyball and how it shaped me as person. Thus, my question became how has volleyball impacted and changed my life? 

Through a lot of trial and error I decided that my pieces would have no faces as it distracts from what I was trying to accomplish in how my body language has changed as I went through good and bad seasons. My plans for my pieces changed frequently as I thought of the past ten years, analyzing every part of my past. Through the sport I met my best friends and used it as my coping mechanism, this allowed for me as player to focus on my passion and get better through training. I used very plain backgrounds with bright colors as a way for the viewer to see the emotions I felt as I went through these milestones. I started to use chalk pastel for most of my concentration and eventually switched to colored pencils because I found that the vibrancy I could achieve was more accurate for my pieces.