Tuesday, October 27, 2009


For my self-visualization, I want to break up my face into four quadrants. In each quadrant, I plan to portray a different emotion. For the two quadrants that show my eyes, I am going to show sadness and surprised. For the other two quadrants that show my mouth, I am going to show anger and happiness. The colors in each separate piece will all be different, but they will relate to each other in ways that tie them together in the composition as a whole. I want to show these four different emotions because I believe they are four prominent emotions in everyone’s life that everyone will be able to relate to. Just by looking at these four images, the viewer may be reminded of things in his or her own life that triggers the emotions. Each canvas is 20 inches by 20 inches and I chose to hang them in a horizontal line because I did not want the four images to be looked at as a whole, but as individual emotions.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Khalo-Sherman-Xiuwen Comparison

Frida Kahlo portraits are very recognizable. Her portraits are not very easy to understand unless the viewer knows her background. But, when the viewer realizes the connection between her background and her work, it is obvious that her paintings are direct representations of her ideas. Many of her pieces are based on femininity and its different aspects. For instance, fertility and the clothing women wear.

Cindy Sherman's work is an excellent example of feminism. I think her work shows women in a very sexual way, which is very different from Kahlo. Her series of Film Stills are very dramatic, the color especially accentuates this. Many of her portraits are in the style of the film still which gives her work a different feel than Kahlo and Xiuwen. Sherman's work makes the viewer guess what happened before the shot was taken and how the woman came to be that way. Her work shows women in their natural habitat throughout their daily lives.

Cui Xiuwen's work shows feminism in a very different way than both Khalo and Sherman. The women portrayed are very young. Her work tells alot about pregnancy in teenagers and young women. There is a very strong calming and peaceful sense in her work. The backgrounds and layout of her work is one of the main things that adds to the peacefulness. However, the young women seem vulnerable which gives the viewer something more to ponder.

Adobe Illustrator Exercise