I see women as a vital subject, they have to go through many challenges in their life. I explored different types of women. Whether by age, body size, culture or any imperfection they may have that society constantly judges them by. Most of my work are personal and I want to reveal some part of my story. All women have different roles that are important. One of the artists that inspired me to look at a group of people is Kehinde Wiley. Wiley’s work is based of a group of people with dark skin tone colour, I want to be another artist who empower themselves. The model in the artwork have both negative and positive respond. I want the audience to really reflect on themselves and who they are. I tried to make the art work as versatile as possible as I want everyone to feel included.
I explored a positive atmosphere through the colour palette that I chose which is mainly inspired by James Rosenquist. I personally love colour and it makes me feel happy, so I wanted to transfer this to my audience. The colour also makes the piece look more interesting and fit into the style of work I am wanting to produce. Most element of my work consist of a contrast
between the main object and the background so that the piece look engaging and the subject is the key, intense feature.
Most of my paintings and drawings are large because I like to express freedom in a larger scale.
I mostly find inspiration from my friend and people who come and go in my life. As I study in an
international school where there is many people with different culture. This inspired me to make my piece about identity because sometime people are lost in the modern world. I tried many new media, like oil paint. From this experience it have made me work much faster. The
technique allow me achieve the outcome I wanted. The strength and power that the scale
reveals in the outweighs. What can be done in smaller drawing and painting.
Another main artist that inspired my art work is Bundit Puangthong. He is a Thai artist who
bases his idea on Thai culture. At the same time he mixes in with the contemporary society to
contrast with the Thai cultured aspect. Both Puangthong and Rosenquist did a lot of collaging in their pieces. I have brought this forward into my work. Some of the techniques were successful and some I had to go through many process to make them work. However, with collaging. I approach it in my way. In my work, the main subject is usually painted and I experiment collage on objects with the background through collaging on actual objects. This contrast helps bring out the focus of the subject. It creates texture and depth for my artwork. Some of the materials used are: gold flakes, thread, sweet wraps and more. These object give my piece more life, more visual recognition and make them appear more interesting.
Lastly, I made my exhibition look like a women’s dressing room because it is the place where
women feel best about themselves. It is the place where women do not care about their
imperfection because they are alone and no one is judging them. I put all my piece very close to each other to make them more powerful. A mixture of kids and adults show the gradual
development of each stages of women. When you are younger the problems of identity are not
as acute but because you were so young and carefree. But as you grow up you start to
experience the social. Structures and cultural pressures. This changes you and your identity.
This general perspective of one’s identity versus society’s is the core of my exhibition theme.