I have two themes running through my exhibition, initially looking at water and then I aimed to convey the idea of an individual hiding their true personality. At the beginning of this journey, I was inspired by the water I observed in Paris and the Seine. Later, I decided to focus on our generation’s life, one’s confused identity, an issue that has dramatically impacted individuals due to problems in society. I have used a variety of techniques in my artwork, such as sculpting, painting, photography, and drawing, mostly in my 2D pieces and some 3D. The aim of my artworks was to metaphorically represent common problems so that any individual can relate to them.
For my pieces about water such as A peaceful day, Water reflection and Water refraction, I have used photographs as the basis of my work, taken by myself about the water in Paris. For my other theme of figures and identity, mostly noticeable in the pieces Hidden, Unseen, Fragmented face, Multiple face, Disturbed society, and Identity, I mainly focused on body features and disturbance. I decided to use a variety of processes such as using hands as tools when sculpting Concealed, whereas in other scenarios I molded the faces. This concerns painting too, I painted Hidden, with a palette knife and dry paint, and another piece like Disturbed society was done with a brush and wet paint. Painting and clay can be extremely useful to do abstract and disturbing pieces thus helping the viewers to perceive a certain strange imagery. Although my work has a personal meaning, a variety of artists have inspired my work. The main ones were Frida Kahlo and James Ensor that inspired me with this idea of masks, Francis Bacon with distortion, and Cindy Sherman with disturbing staged photography. They all worked with this idea of distorting human features and representing different personalities. I want my audience to understand and realize how one can hide behind a mask.
The display of my exhibition has been separated into two parts. The first part that the audience will see, the middle of the setup focuses on the artworks about one’s confused identity; they are placed in the middle as they are the strongest pieces of my exhibition. When the viewers enter, they will approach the central panels first, Hidden, which is one of my most important pieces as it is the first one that included masks. The scale of pieces varies throughout the exhibition, and the panels are arranged in a zigzag. The clay pieces are put forwards and are displayed low on plinths such as Fragemenetd Face so that individuals can walk around them. On each side of the exhibition, the theme of water is displayed in order to close my exhibition. On the right, all the artworks focusing around the different types of blues are represented such as Water refraction and Life on the Seine, and on the left, a figurative drawing is shown, A peaceful day, that contrasts with the blues as the colors are much somber.
By looking at my exhibition, the audience will be able to see and acknowledge the reality of our society through the arrangement of my composition as the idea of hidden personality is in the middle. For my latest pieces such as Concealed, I want the audience to be able to identify with them as I believe that everyone hides their true personality from the outside world. The majority of the artwork that I completed during this journey, revolves around one’s mental state and hiding ourselves behind a mask which is what I want the visitors to acknowledge and identify when leaving my exhibition.
Unseen (November 2021)
24 x 29 cm each
The piece named Unseen, is a series of three photographs, representing how individuals in our society hide themselves behind masks and how their true selves are unseen by individuals around them. The colours and the environment of the photographs are dark because I wanted to create a dark aspect to represent how twisted our society actually is. German expressionism and the work of Messerschmidt that worked with emotions however showed a strange aspect.