T. Tran

AP 2D Portfolio (Breadth)


AP 2D Portfolio (Concentration)

What is the central idea of your concentration?

It is not uncommon to dream of another reality. Whether it is out of curiosity or dissatisfaction with their current life, people wonder what their world may have looked like if they had adopted a different career, hobby, or even another personality. My concentration portrays my friends and family as how they imagine their lives would be in an alternate dimension. In each piece, I used deeply saturated hues and soft backgrounds to represent the warm and perfect feeling of a daydream.

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

In every piece, I incorporated a detail that symbolizes the true personality of the subject to contrast with their fantasy persona. I wanted to include a part of their true self to show that no matter how wonderful something may be in your imagination, there is no replacement for reality. For example, in 1, my cousin appears to be the chef in a fancy restaurant, but the background reveals he is only cooking at home. In 2, my brother is shown as a spy jumping out of a window, but his weapon is actually a toy gun with an orange tip. 3 is a self-portrait that shows my desire to be strong, but the lollipops reveal that I am as weak as a child. My cousin in 4 dreams to have Herculean strength as he works out with a modern dumbbell. My friend in 5 shows her desire to be a queen, but her true quirky self is represented by the candy ring on her finger. My mother is a planetary ruler in 6, but her wedding band reveals that she wouldn’t leave her family for the world. 7, 8, and 9 show a teacher, a dentist, and a pharmacist, respectively, who all imagine a different career. 10 shows a shy friend as a great speaker using toy microphones. 11 shows a friend who was born in the wrong era, but she uses a modern day cell phone. 12 shows a friend who is a great guitarist, but her audience is the chickens she raises.

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