What is the central idea of your concentration?
My goal is to show the beauty in death. Life is short and we must not be afraid to die. I’ve made family members and close friends into people with sugar skull makeup. The markings, flowers, and color schemes on each piece help show what kind of person that I perceive them to be. Sugar skulls help show you shouldn’t be afraid of death or being forgotten. I wanted to make something out of the people that I love so that others who see the paintings will see how beautiful they can be in memory.
How does the work in your concentration demonstrate the exploration of your idea?
Each work has the basic lines on the mouth and color surrounding the eyes, but have different markings, flowers, and color schemes to tie into with the person in the painting. In work 1 she’s a young girl and she sees the world as pure, and the roses show that she’s a loving person, but she’s mischievous. I used pastel hues in 2 because she is a shy person. The sunflowers symbolize her love for the sun and outdoors. Even though she is shy, she is a very happy person. The flowers in 3 symbolize her loving nature and she puts everyone before herself. The gold on her forehead represents her wisdom, like a queen with a crown. I wanted to show the masculinity in 4, and the dark colors help show that he is a straightforward man. I used leaves instead of flowers because I didn’t want him to be perceived as soft. The Dahlia flowers in 5 represent gracefulness under pressure, especially in challenging situations. The colors symbolize how the person is growing into a young woman. The makeup in 8 looks more like a mask. This person tends to hide her true feelings and uses sarcasm to get away from saying what she really feels. The color blue symbolizes her loyalty to her friends and family. Wanting to capture the essence of the person in 9 I used bold and bright colors. For contrast, the flowers are softer in color to show her elegance.
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