While observing people in public and private spaces, there appears to be a disconnect from
people allowing stillness to take over in the quiet, in-between moments. An in-between
moment such as, when a conversation ends, a person often finds a distraction, like grabbing
their phone, or putting earbuds in to listen to music. My portrait drawings focus on how
distractions, particularly phone usage, penetrate the in-between moments.
The portraits are both random and fixed as to who the figures are. This could mean that the
figures are people I know personally, to people I have seen in various public spaces. I choose to
draw individuals whose body languages and facial expressions are compelling to me while I
observe their in-between moment.
The portraits are drawn in a way that is neither tightly rendered or fully expressive but marries
both techniques. The face of the figures are usually drawn tighter and the other appendages of
their body gradually become gestural, filled with bold lines and blurred edges. The body of the
figure is less defined to draw attention to the stillness of the face. The figure’s body although
gestural, it is not moving but is still while in a contemplative, in-between state. The Ink bleeds
and the layering of words on top of one another that fill the space around the figures, are
describing the differences between who the figure truly is and how their identity could be
perceived while being observed.
The color blue is a common theme in my work. Because of societies growing, everyday use of
technology and viewing screens, people are seeing the color blue now more than ever before in
our history. This blue emits from our pocket screens and is a color that ties into our social
interactions on a daily basis. In my drawings, I use the blue as the descriptor of a screen,
although not always seen, but is present and encroaching on the figure’s body or in the figure’s
atmosphere. My hope is that my artwork can challenge and bring awareness to the use of the
screen and its role as a societal norm and social interaction.