Bucket List Item No. 1
colored pencil, oil pastel
11″ x 14″
“I am currently a senior in high school. I wish to pursue a degree in Illustration, but I am also interested in graphic design, as well as film. I work in a variety of media, and I love to experiment and learn.
This piece is part of my AP Art Concentration, the theme of which is ‘things I want to do before I die.’ This concentration is an illustrated bucket list, also acting as a testament to myself that I shall no longer hesitate to do what I want to do. Often including myself as the subject within my pieces, my works are almost like a diary, where each piece acts as a confession.
The idea behind this particular piece is somewhat comical and childish; the simple wish to have all of my favorite foods to myself. I wanted to take a playful and colorful approach, which would contrast with the rather grim theme of death.”
“There’s something very disconcerting about this image that you have here. On the one hand, I feel like it’s very warm and inviting, with the reds and the yellows that you’re using. And there’s this abundance of food and I would love to just eat all of this food like this person in the image.
But on the other hand, I’m reminded of that scene from spirited away when the parents are eating all of the food and they turn to pigs. I feel like there’s this kind of dark side to this work that you are getting at.
Your subject is consuming massive amounts of food, it’s obvious, but there’s a literal halo separating her from the rest of the food. I’m wondering if it would be even more effective if she was further integrated into the scene of abundance. Perhaps a few integrated perspectival shots of her reaching out for some of the pizza or the sushi. But, this is intriguing work, well done!”