Once a small media experiment, this work exploded into the large scale painting you see before you. This is a portrait loosely based off of a woman I met once while working the customer service desk at Gallery Stratford. Though her facial features escape me, I remember being struck by the way she held herself and the mass of texture that shrouded her figure.
This is my final project from the summer Italy course. I decided to base it off of my experience adapting to the italian lifestyle, Being the introverted specimen that I am, I love being engulfed in my big bubble of personal space. Naturally Florence was quite a shock to the system. Crowded bustling streets with over eager vendors tore through my bubble in seconds, leaving me exposed and overwhelmed. The first week all of my senses went haywire, and my much loved silence was a thing of the past. People were everywhere talking and jostling each other. So many smells, from smoky fumes in one whiff to delicious foods in another and to sweaty tourists in a third. Nothing was as I expected it to be and it was a stressful week, slowly however things started to change, I started to recognize landmarks, and learned how to ward off unwanted vendors. Weaving through the masses of people became second nature and much less cumbersome without a map plastered in front of the face. Eventually by the end of our months adventure the city felt like a second home, the people did not feel so foreign, and the great masses of tourists easily avoided by turning down a small side street.
One of the best projects assigned 2nd year media class, lino printing! I will say that class cost me way too much money in materials, however I do not regret at all buying all my beautiful lino equipment. I love everything about the aesthetic working this way. Though the prospect of making a mistake in the carving process is absolutely terrifying! It is all worth it in the end however when you get the beautiful big reveal.
2nd year media class experimenting with ink. I worked on the decorative bee way too late at night and went to 8:00 class the next morning despising it! I likely would have trashed it if not for my wonderful classmate Alyssa who convinced me to keep it. Several days later I looked at it again and liked it, never judge something when lacking sleep, terrible idea!
Another 2nd year project for media class working with gouache resist. A technique I would recommend to anyone who wants to spend their time painting white on white and and looking for unpredictable results. It is one of the most satisfying things in the world however when you wash off the ink that has been resisted by the gouache and you get the big reveal! Will leave you either ecstatic or in tears.
TBT 2nd year concepts class, had to create metaphors related to the topic of work. Always experimenting with media and texture, this one was a combination of rough painting for the background, and stamping things I wanted to have clean lines.