T. Tran

AP Drawing/Painting Portfolio (Breadth)

AP Drawing/Painting (Concentration)

What is the central idea of your concentration?

My concentration is derived from the fact that the importance of food is made heavier by the interactions of people eating together. Whether it’s family night or a special celebration, the words commonly used when making plans are, “Hey, let’s go out to eat.” A shared meal can produce strong emotions based on the mood of your surroundings or your company. In my pieces, I show the happiness felt when eating with loved ones, using bright hues and the colorful expressions of my friends and family.

How does the work in your concentration demonstrate the exploration of your idea? (Specific images are referenced by the image numbers)

I wanted the viewer to become a part of the story, so pictures were taken from the point of view of someone who is also sharing in the food and the conversation. In pieces 2, 3, 4, 5, 11, and 12, your companion is looking or speaking directly at you, pulling you into the scene. Our company can determine whether our choice in food will be expensive or quick, sweet or savory. This can be seen in #1 where the elders eat heavy soups that contrast with the sweet drink of my friend in #2. You laugh at your brother and cousin in #9, as they attempt to teach each other how to correctly hold a knife. Image 10 shows how food can make the experience of studying more enjoyable. The birthday celebration in #8 shows the excitement of having a full cake all to yourself as your loved ones look on. #7 represents all of the memories that can be made during meals (or dessert) and how these memories can be re-lived through photographs and stories while the viewer is sharing a drink with friends. Finally, #1 represents a Vietnamese style dinner in which the food is shared between everyone, usually a large family of ten. This bonding experience was a major inspiration for my concentration. As with all of the images, I incorporated vivid colors into the people or the background to represent the warm or excited feelings that surround family dinners.

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