Mycah Duran

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.

The central idea for my sustained investigation is growing up, specically the difficult and enjoyable parts that I’ve noticed. I asked myself what bothered me most with getting older and how it feels looking back from who I am today. I wanted the first half of my pieces to have a negative issue that I still struggle with as the focal point but to be portrayed in a unique, symbolic way. When developing the negative pieces, with the questions in mind, I could see how I dramatized every issue and made it harder on myself when dealing with them, so creating an unreal picture that demonstrates a sense of confusion and stress. The second half of my pieces focus on the good, reassuring aspects of going into adulthood. I asked what made me happy and excited to do as I got older and how to portray it in a comforting way. I abandon the extreme symbolism at this point to connect the ideas closer to reality and make it less dramatic. Focusing on a simpler idea that still brought joy when painting them was the goal in my nal pieces. Transitioning from bad to good parts is a parallel to my understanding of my perspective of adulthood and change.