Persona

Persona

Rosa Gally

I started this exploration with a question: “when am I most myself?” To begin this journey, I asked a variety of people, from family to acquaintances, to describe me in 3 words. I was intrigued by the variety of responses, but at the same time surprised that I agreed with almost all of their descriptors. Yes, I am quiet, but I am also often loud, I can be bold, but also timid. I realised that one does not fit into stereotypical persona as ‘the shy one’ isn't always shy, and the ‘confident one’ will encounter many situations where they feel shy and awkward. This painting expresses the facets of my personality that resonate most with me. While I find it uncomfortable to scrutinise myself so closely, the process made me realise that I value the differing aspects of my personality and how they come together, to create me. My many “faces” are painted in a somewhat stark manner, making me feel exposed. However, I think the finished painting projects a message of self-respect and self-knowledge; something that it is easy to lose sight of in current times.

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