This piece is depicting my own feelings of growing up, and feeling like I was not capable of handling my own responsibilities. Because of the pandemic I felt fatigued in handling points of stress, so much so that taking care of the most basic elements of living such as bathing and feeding myself was too much to handle. In many ways, this was a way of reminiscing the days of childhood when it was someone else’s responsibility to take care of my most basic needs. This painting highlights how many times I do not feel like an adult, but rather a tall child.
This piece was an assignment that was to take a piece of art that already existed and to give it a historical update. I chose Grant Wood’s American Gothic as the piece to update. My understanding of the original painting was a statement of rural living, values, and family. Through this understanding, I wanted to make my own statement about how our culture’s understanding of family values has changed, and to depict non-traditional families. Not only am I trying to poke fun at the title of the original piece, but to also state the opposite of the rural values, and something with a completely different attitude.
This piece is depicting my experience of dating. For many years, I was unaware that dating was meant to be fun or meant to make you feel good. It wasn’t until I started dating my current partner when I learned that dating can be joyful. This piece depicts me minutes before a date, dreading what is to come. I wanted to express the nerves one might feel before a date, but these nerves are not one of excitement, but rather doom. This piece marks a big step in my own personal transformation, learning what love is supposed to feel like.