A. Davis

AP Drawing/Painting Portfolio (Breadth)

AP Drawing/Painting Portfolio (Concentration)

What is the central idea of your concentration?

The main idea of my concentration is common fears. I wanted to display the emotion in the faces in my pieces resulting from that certain fear. Throughout life I have experienced and witnessed fear take hold of myself and others, holding them back. My work was influenced by myself and the people closest to me. I’ve witnessed fear in others, which holds them back from doing what they are meant to do. People must live life to the fullest without fear holding them back.

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

I wanted to exaggerate the emotion and distress resulting from different fears. In doing so, I designed my works so the faces are the main focus displaying the reaction to the fear being presented. Often, the fears interact with the person like in pieces 1,3,6,7,9,11. Work 3 represents death by having the grim reaper sneaking up behind the person and covering their mouth and having the blade to the person’s neck. I did this because the scary part, to me, about death is you don’t know when it’s going to happen and in the end you may not be able to do things you would’ve wanted to do such as say goodbye to the people closest to you. I placed flowers in the lower left corner to show even when someones life has ended, life in other places will go on- such as left behind family or friends- and that too, is scary because of the hurt and emotions felt after losing someone. Some works don’t show the fear directly interacting with the person as I wanted to show that the emotion tied to the fear itself is more feared than the “threat” itself. For example, love is a fear I chose to exhibit in work 5. The concept of love is not being directly interacted with or touched by the hearts in the background because I feel it’s not love itself to be feared its the emotions tied to love like regret, heartbreak, longing, desperation.

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