Portrait #2: Coverup
11″ x 6″
“I recently finished a final for the AS digital art programme, which this picture belongs to. Art has always been a crucial part of my life ever since I learned to drawing. However, in the spirit of never-ending knowledge, I picked up photography and Photoshop after years of painting, and it turned out to be rewarding.
This portrait represents, I believe, how we disguise ourselves on a daily basis. We get hurt, we tear, and then we dust ourselves up and put our smiles back on.
The reason I chose band aid to deliver this concept is because of its unique nature. It covers up wounds but it never helps you heal; as for the makeup, it represents the façade we use to perfect our appearances in order to face life. Art can be more expressive than any language, with some symbolism and a little creative manipulation.”
“Right off the bat, I’m so excited by your desire to experiment and try new things as an artist, which is just so important in pushing yourself. One area I think that you can push in this specific piece is perhaps how your concept works with your technique or the mediums you’re using. For example, in your artist statement, you talk a lot about disguise and that’s a big concept in this piece.
But, how could that really be pushed in the way you use the person that you’re photographing. For example, how could their pose speak to the idea of disguise, maybe you could even be more liberal with the band-aids that are on them. Almost like they’re a mess.
Or like on gray area of photography is lighting and perhaps you could push lighting to create like deep shadows to almost hide the person. You’re doing such a great job of exploring mixed media and being really bold as an artist so I would just say like great job and just keep pushing and experimenting more.”