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Old Soul

Old Soul

Old Soul

Heather Stewart

Under "humanity". This was part of my advanced higher art project when I was still attending high school. The project focused on the life of the elderly and things such as dementia and social stereotypes undermining the elderly. This piece is a pencil drawing approximately 80cmX 50cm. I chose it to represent humanity as the elderly have created a world for younger generations through their lifetime. The stories and traditions live on through their descendent and yet society still undermines them. The reason the portrait is so close up is because I wanted to show all the detail and character of the old woman, all the wrinkles tell a story just like rings on a tree trunk. I also wanted it to feel like she was close up and questioning to the viewer. The point of this piece is to look someone in the eye and see a human, not an 'elderly' label, because unfortunately we live in a humanity categorised by labels. The hands are posed to look like she is bored or fed up of societies misconceptions about her, and she just wants people to acknowledge her. She is wearing a blue hoodie because I wanted to show the contrast between young and old, as one day we will all grow old, and alternatively it shows the metaphor of you are only as old as you feel.

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Faceless Beauty

Faceless Beauty

Fear

Fear