T. Frias

Atelier Concentration (1st Semester)

What is the central idea of your concentration?

The central idea of my first concentration piece is based upon the seven deadly sins in the Bible. I originally was inspired to create artwork that revolved around the sins because of the mural “The Creation of Adam” by Michelangelo. I always loved this piece of artwork, but I was very intrigued by the main focus of it which is the two hands reaching towards one another. I perceived this as man reaching to God for redemption. I had envisioned a piece of art that had the two hands reaching towards each other, but a serpent wrapped around one of them. The hand with the serpent would represent man and how he is connected to sin. The other hand would represent God’s hand and look pure. I had started this painting in the summer so when school came around and we needed a concentration piece, it worked out perfectly.

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

In the Bible the seven deadly sins include: Greed, Sloth, Wrath, Envy, Lust, Pride, and Gluttony. The second piece of my sequel that I started working on was a painting that represented when sin became a part of man. This happened in the Garden of Eden. I painted a hand reaching towards the glowing fruit that represented sin. This painting was my representation of Greed. This painting represents greed because man and woman were given everything that they could ever need in the Garden of Eden, but because of their Greed they ate the one fruit they were told not to. My third artwork represents Sloth. I painted a hand holding a water pitcher filled with water, and in the background, there is a vase full of dying flowers. In the Bible sloth is described as the avoidance of physical or spiritual work. For the sin of Wrath, I painted a man holding a dagger to another man’s neck. In the Bible Wrath is described as extreme anger. In my fifth painting I represented envy. The Bible explains Envy as the desire for others’ traits, status, abilities, or situation. In my artwork I painted two hands of a slave reaching towards a queen’s mirror.  My sixth painting represents Lust. In the Bible the sin of lust is described as an inordinate craving for the pleasures of the body. I created a painting of a woman’s body with a serpent wrapped around it. The serpent represents sin. For the sin of Pride I painted a royal throne. Pride is described as excessive belief in one’s own abilities. I decided to paint a throne because royalty represents higher power. The last sin that I painted was Gluttony. To represent gluttony, I painted the torso of a man that had his guts spilling out of his body. Gluttony is explained as an inordinate desire to consume more than that which one requires. My painting represents this because it shows the human stomach exploding because of excessive eating.

Atelier Concentration (2nd Semester)

What is the central idea of your concentration?

For my second concentration sequence I created seven pieces of artwork that each represented a drug. I was originally inspired to do this because throughout my life I have seen many people that I love and care about become slaves to addiction. I have had many close friends that had the mindset of “it won’t happen to me”. Many people with addictions did not think that they would become addicted to certain drugs just by trying them or doing them a few times. When you see people who have a great life ahead of them throw it all away for a few moments of “fun” it brings a mix of emotions. In my artwork I painted people that I know to look almost zombie-like. I want my pieces to send out a message that you are bigger than a substance but only when it comes to saying “no” to it.

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

I painted seven paintings that represent seven different drugs. Those drugs include: Cocaine, Acid, Lean, Pills, Meth, Heroine, and Marijuana. For each drug I chose a particular color scheme and background that symbolizes the drug. My first painting represents Cocaine. For this painting I incorporated white bunnies in the background to represent the nickname “snow bunny”. This term usually refers to a girl who does cocaine. I then painted a girl with heavy bags under her eyes who looked almost skeleton like with blood running from her nose. For my second piece I painted a man who seemed to be “tripping” on the drug Acid. The background included layers of neon colors that seem to be going in waves around him. The man is also painted with heavy bags under is eyes and looks physically drained. My third piece represents the substance called Lean. For my painting I created a girl pouring the purple substance into her mouth. In the background there are purple splatters to represent the sticky/thick consistency of the drug. For my fourth painting a painted a boy with oversized pills in the background. This painting represents pill addiction. I wanted to incorporate these drugs because of the recent problem in the United States with addiction to prescribed drugs. In my fifth painting I painted a boy who is injecting narcotics into his neck. I got the inspiration for the piece from an intense scene from the movie “The Dirt”. For my sixth painting I painted a beautiful girl with rotting teeth. This painting represents the drug Meth. Meth is known to make your teeth rot out. Finally, for my last piece i painted a piece to represent the drug marijuana. For this painting I painted a girl with blood shot eyes. In the background I incorporated Bob Marley’s famous colors. I used these colors because Bob Marley was very famously known for his recreational use of marijuana.

Yukon High School Art
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