Event Title

A Loss in Translation

Location

Alumni Hall North

Department

Art

Abstract

Introspection serves as the basis for my work. This internal investigation often leads me to ask questions regarding the concepts of self and identity as they relate to the external world. In the past, this introspection developed into the creation of metaphorical self-portraits that played with foreground and background to express my own existential angst. These portraits did not explicitly resemble any actual person. Instead, these portraits presented a silhouetted figure and focused on inverting the composition’s positive and negative spaces to reflect the emptiness or loneliness that may accompany one’s journey of self discovery. Additionally, the thronging linework that fills the atmosphere and wraps around the silhouetted figure displays how one can feel overwhelmed in a busy external world. In my current work I’ve continued to play with space, but doing so in order to provide commentary on human perspective and perception. These most recent works incorporate text, with drawings painstakingly composed onto original text/thought. This creates a blending effect where it becomes difficult for the viewer to identify what was done atop the other. This manipulation of space reflects the strange way individuals disclose and interpret information, or a loss in translation.

Faculty Sponsor

Kim Ambriz, Northeastern Illinois University

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May 6th, 12:20 PM

A Loss in Translation

Alumni Hall North

Introspection serves as the basis for my work. This internal investigation often leads me to ask questions regarding the concepts of self and identity as they relate to the external world. In the past, this introspection developed into the creation of metaphorical self-portraits that played with foreground and background to express my own existential angst. These portraits did not explicitly resemble any actual person. Instead, these portraits presented a silhouetted figure and focused on inverting the composition’s positive and negative spaces to reflect the emptiness or loneliness that may accompany one’s journey of self discovery. Additionally, the thronging linework that fills the atmosphere and wraps around the silhouetted figure displays how one can feel overwhelmed in a busy external world. In my current work I’ve continued to play with space, but doing so in order to provide commentary on human perspective and perception. These most recent works incorporate text, with drawings painstakingly composed onto original text/thought. This creates a blending effect where it becomes difficult for the viewer to identify what was done atop the other. This manipulation of space reflects the strange way individuals disclose and interpret information, or a loss in translation.