There are numerous reasons why one may struggle with self-esteem or with one’s identity. Through the depiction of an amorphous profile, “Who?” conveys the struggle of developing and maintaining a sense of self. The amorphicity represents uncertainty, while the harsh brush strokes in the achromatic background attempt to capture the resulting helplessness and frustration. The use of gold paint is chosen to project outwardly a sense of value and worthiness, in spite of these inner difficulties.
“Nostalgia” attempts to visually portray the concept of longing for the past. One of my earliest and fondest memories was eating Starbursts on a plane back home to New York City from England. To capture this memory, I used Starburst-like colors to paint a night time skyline of New York City. Beyond being a personal memory, such a view of New York City is one to which many others can relate. The varying shades of black represent the varying depths of memory and nostalgia.
Emotions fluctuate. “Oscillation” depicts this phenomenon as though it were a trigonometric curve. While the moody brush strokes and color palette represent anti-nodes (or valleys), the electric yellow focal point and lighter colors in the center remind one of the peaks.