S. Chaparro

AP Drawing/Painting Portfolio (Breadth)


AP Drawing/Painting Portfolio (Concentration)

What is the central idea of your concentration?

The central idea of my concentration is to cast light on each country by showcasing one social or economic hardship they face. I chose a variety of countries, ranging from rich to poor, traditional to modern, etc. Each country has their own personal flaw. I wanted to show how we are all so similar, but still incredibly diverse and unique.

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

I wanted to make sure that the flag was accurate, but I also wanted to capture each country’s hardship. The only flag I changed was work 12, Uganda, because it depicts cannibalism. In Work 1 I tried to show the solidarity of the widows in Bangladesh. Once their husbands die, widows are often sent away by their families and treated poorly by the community. Work 2 is meant to depict internet scammers in Ghana, and 3 outlines the mafia in Albania that is guilty of trafficking drugs, illegal arms, and even human organs. In work 4 I drew a mother holding a child’s hand to represent teen pregnancy in Tanzania, and in 5 I drew a boy dancing in Afghanistan. Dancing Boys are young men who are ripped from their families, and sold. Work 6 is a depiction of clashing political ideologies in America; the farmer vs. politician, republican vs. democrat, and man vs. woman. Work 7 represents the dictatorship in North Korea, 8 depicts a girl who is seen as less-than a boy in China, and 9 shows the slums in India. Work 10 is the cartels in Mexico. I drew a wall of cocaine bricks to symbolize the overtaking of a country by its criminals. In work 11 I drew hands reaching out to fruit to symbolize hunger in Venezuela.

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