C. Cauthan

AP Drawing/Painting Portfolio (Breadth)


AP Drawing/Painting Portfolio (Concentration)

What is the central idea of your concentration?

The idea behind my concentration is projecting the emotions we all feel. Where the challenge lied was doing it in my own style that could differ from the countless other depictions of human emotion. With a wide variety of things that we all feel, I narrowed it down to the emotions that I had often felt throughout the course of my high school career.

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

I found it a challenge in finding different ways to express the meanings of these pieces. As they progressed alongside the skills and techniques I learned over this year they varied in ways of showing these meanings. From snapshots of emotion captured in expression (work 6), to elements of expressionism that added a whole other feeling (work 9). Exploring different techniques to tell different stories often reminded me of how one emotion can be different for different people. Love isn’t a concrete definition and neither is loneliness or other emotions. I began the process with a sketch often working out multiple ideas before one stands out strongly in its depiction (work 1). he early stages of my concentration took on a more literal definition of the emotions (works 2-5) using symbols that tied into the piece. In work 4 I began to venture into trying different techniques, adding expressionist qualities with the bright backgrounds and designs such as the cracks on the corners symbolizing the feeling of crumbling under the weight of stress that we all carry. Work 9 is another example, using the off-air screen in the background with the tethered sound waves branching off the people to symbolize the feeling of disconnect. Work 10 pushes the idea of connection using the hands coming through the body to pull one another closer.

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