Title

(Pneuma) Revealed: A C. Farrell Fine Arts and Research Project

Document Type

Creative works or constructive object presentation

Campus where you would like to present

Ellensburg

Event Website

https://digitalcommons.cwu.edu/source

Start Date

18-5-2020

Abstract

"I often see a disconnect between who we believe a person to be and who they truly are. My work is influenced by this idea. It is an exploration of how humans projected ‘identity’ and a visual representation of the hidden emotions or things we are unable or unwilling to see in others. With this project I created a body of work that speaks about inner pain. Rather than hiding it, I revealed these hidden emotions. As a reflection of my myself and my own gender, I approached this concept by using all female figures for references. I made deliberate formal choices focusing on composition, additive and reductive painting techniques along with added hints of text in order to convey emotional implications. I additionally focused on human connection as it pertains to the eyes. Eyes are important facets of how humans relate to others and are firmly rooted to ideas surrounding expression of emotion and identity. In western culture, eye contact is associated honesty and confidence, which acts in dichotomy to my ideas of hiding and revelation. As such, I have affected the eyes of my figures through application of paint or obscured them through formal and compositional decisions, thereby changing how the viewer relates to the piece. The resulting body of work consists of seven paintings and three drawings of women. All images speak towards ideas of pain, identity, vulnerably and, for some, the strength of one’s self during an ordeal. While creating my work I meditated on the fact that people are often unseen and/or misinterpreted. It is my goal that my body of work generates a conversation on how we hide this pain and how the person before us could be experiencing something we do not realize." College of Arts & Humanities Presentation Award Winner.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Rachel Kirk

Department/Program

Fine Art

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(Pneuma) Revealed: A C. Farrell Fine Arts and Research Project

Ellensburg

"I often see a disconnect between who we believe a person to be and who they truly are. My work is influenced by this idea. It is an exploration of how humans projected ‘identity’ and a visual representation of the hidden emotions or things we are unable or unwilling to see in others. With this project I created a body of work that speaks about inner pain. Rather than hiding it, I revealed these hidden emotions. As a reflection of my myself and my own gender, I approached this concept by using all female figures for references. I made deliberate formal choices focusing on composition, additive and reductive painting techniques along with added hints of text in order to convey emotional implications. I additionally focused on human connection as it pertains to the eyes. Eyes are important facets of how humans relate to others and are firmly rooted to ideas surrounding expression of emotion and identity. In western culture, eye contact is associated honesty and confidence, which acts in dichotomy to my ideas of hiding and revelation. As such, I have affected the eyes of my figures through application of paint or obscured them through formal and compositional decisions, thereby changing how the viewer relates to the piece. The resulting body of work consists of seven paintings and three drawings of women. All images speak towards ideas of pain, identity, vulnerably and, for some, the strength of one’s self during an ordeal. While creating my work I meditated on the fact that people are often unseen and/or misinterpreted. It is my goal that my body of work generates a conversation on how we hide this pain and how the person before us could be experiencing something we do not realize." College of Arts & Humanities Presentation Award Winner.

https://digitalcommons.cwu.edu/source/2020/CAH/2