B. Callan

Atelier Concentration (1st Semester)

What is the central idea of your concentration?

The central idea of my first concentration is that of the unseen emotions that we all feel at some point in our lives. While we may put on a front for many reasons, friends, family, work, or to trick ourselves we often feel very differently within. These emotions and the ways we try to cover them up are the inspiration for my 8 pieces, they delve into the thoughts and feelings that I experience and I hope that others can relate to these as well.

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

The basic theme tying all of these pieces together is that there is a person, in normal colors and facial expression, with a smaller and vividly colored version of themselves within them. These people represent how the person is really feeling and how they often see themselves when they truly display how they feel. The colors of the smaller individuals represent the emotion felt as well as the often overly emotional facial expressions. Another key piece is the eyes of the normal individual, although you can force your face or body language to convey what you want it is much more difficult to convince your eyes. Eyes truly show the emotion of the individual. This is shown in my concentration as an often-slight difference in the eyes, for example with the piece Humble/Pride the eyes radiate a golden glow to show that although someone can act humble you can see in their eyes if they think less of you. Overall the feel of the paintings paired with specific colors, eye changes, and body language convey the inner and outer emotions of various people in various times of their lives.

 

Atelier Concentration (2nd Semester)

What is the central idea of your concentration?

The idea of more closely examining the human body is what drove me to start my second concentration. The modern idea of beauty is extremely specific and can often bring many people into depression and a state of thinking that they are not good enough. This group of works does not display my best qualities or show myself in any normal positions that could be seen as attractive. Instead I am showing the beauty that each part of the body contains, regardless of how people may think you look your body is a miracle with all its pores and spots and imperfections.

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

        The work in this set of paintings represents this theme by getting close views of the human body. Showing all the hidden beauty that is usually seen as a group rather than in its individual pieces. The showing of red splotches and freckles and pores and hairs which may not be seen as appealing in other contexts give the paintings a pleasant rhythm and interesting differences from what you may think you see day to day. Such as the first image, Porous Observation, this image is of my eyes and the ridge of my nose. The image of my face from a farther away point of view would be seen as ugly to many, however when you close in on the area and really inspect all of the details and individual eyelashes it shows the beauty hidden in such a non-traditional position for a photograph. Overall this concentration is just a display of myself in all of my flaws.

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