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The many faces of e v e

“I see a little of you in myself,” my art teacher Mark commented to me one day as we reviewed my homework privately while the rest of the class drew a live model. It had been a particularly good day for me, where I felt like I was harnessing a certain rhythm to my drawing that had eluded me for most of the semester.

“Oh yeah?” I asked. I waited for what I might look back on as my most poignant moment in art school.

Instead, he bluntly said, “I couldn’t really draw either,” and didn’t miss a beat in his critique of my work.

Woman 1

Although harsh, his comment wasn’t entirely false. Initially, my self-portraits didn’t really look like me. In fact, I wouldn’t exactly say that they looked human. Some reminded me of Woman 1, a primitive monster-like portrait by William deKooning that I had studied in my art history classes. DeKooning was part of the American post-war Abstract Expressionist art movement where artists were interested in dialing into their subconscious. Their paintings, which were emotional and raw, were a major breakaway from the accuracy and precision from the art that had come before it. Most people are familiar with the drip paintings by Jackson Pollock, the most famous Abstract Expressionist.

Even though my drawing wasn’t where I wanted it to be, I at least took comfort in the fact that my art didn’t reflect a deep-seated emotional problem hidden within my subconscious. My issue was simply that I couldn’t draw.

I am posting a smattering of self-portraits that mark my progress over the semester. The last full-color piece is my final project.

2 Responses to “The many faces of e v e”

  1. DayDay Says:

    Do you not link all of your blogs to fb? I feel like I missed some of them. Anyway, I think the middle one in the second row looks the most like you, but on an angry day. :-)

  2. e v e Says:

    Yeah, it’s kinda amazing how different they all look given they’re all me! I think the middle one in the first row resembles what I may have looked like during the Renaissance, or maybe Ancient Greece. I’m now posting my blog entries to fb, but I may have missed this one. Thanks for checking in!

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