What is the central idea of your concentration?
The Kübler-Ross model, known as the 5 Stages of Grief, are emotions the terminally ill go through prior to death. I reworked the order of the model to include others in a series experienced by myself when faced with the sudden death of a loved one. In this case the loved one was a close friend who died in a car accident in August. The models used were also very close to him. Each work is a pair of eyes portraying an emotion in the series painted in a color palette I associate with the emotion.
How does the work in your concentration demonstrate the exploration of your idea? (Specific images are referenced by the image numbers)
My works are emotions from the Kübler-Ross model, and others, that I experienced the day of and after my friend’s accident. In order they are: peace, contentment, joy, confusion, anxiety, bargaining, denial, guilt, anger, depression, acceptance, and serenity. I wanted the change in each different expression to tell a story, done through the use of facial features and color. In 1 and 2 cool colors are used to suggest sleep and waking up. Number 4 uses relatively the same palette as 3, but it is duller, almost dampened. A shift takes place between 4 and 5. I used harsh neon colors to represent the shock of anxiety I felt. Other than anxiety, guilt was the strongest emotion I felt, shown in 8. I tried distracting myself throughout the day and ended up feeling guilty for continuing to laugh and go about my business. I felt I was denying what I knew was happening, even though there was nothing I could do about it. The most drastic contrast in color is between 8, 9, and 10. Anger shows a violent burst of color, but is immediately extinguished by number 10. Depression is not calmed, but defeated. Lastly, 12 returns to calmness. The vibrant rainbow in 12’s eyes is symbolic of the rainbow God sent Noah after the flood. It says that no matter how hard thing were or how difficult they may still get, serenity can always be found.
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