K. Penick

Atelier Concentration (1st Semester)

What is the central idea of your concentration?

My concentration is “concussion brain.” I suffered a bad concussion a while back and I had trouble doing even the most basic things. My motor functions, focus, and academic abilities suffered until I recovered, but my art style changed and I painted very differently from what I had done before. Doing these sea life paintings was very therapeutic and healing for me during this time. 

How does the work in your concentration demonstrate the exploration of your idea?

In the sea life paintings, relaxation and therapy was my goal. To calm myself down by letting out some of the confusion, pain, and frustration caused by the concussion such as in the octopus painting, which was the 3rd day of my concussion, it was very dark and very murky in my mind. But for instance, the sea turtle was created after I had mostly recovered, and that one was more about relaxing and having fun than getting out negative frustration. 

 

Atelier Concentration (2nd Semester)

What is the central idea of your concentration?

My concentration is ‘things people see but don’t really see’. A lot of really bad things happen in our world and people are negatively affected by these things. Yet we just ignore the signs, brushing them away, not wanting to believe, see, or deal with them. When such circumstances arise we just look the other way, see the bright side and don’t look any deeper into what’s happening around us. People need to slow down and really look at the world around them. 

How does the work in your concentration demonstrate the exploration of your idea?

The eyes in these demonstrates people watching and people seeing what happened in the various scenes, but they do nothing about it – they just watch and move on. The hourglasses in them are how long until someone does something; the larger one and the smaller one are how long until it’s too late for the scene to end well. The “anxiety trees” are all the growing emotions from the victim. Look around at our world; it doesn’t seem so bright and happy when you just look around. Look at social media – everyone’s life is going great. Now really look at everything in the news and really look at people. They’re having fun but they don’t really think or feel anymore and they ignore all the signs of everything wrong in other people’s lives as well as their own, pretending everything is perfect. 

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