Gouache and Oil PaintMy Identity Collection, 20212D

This is part of my Identity collection for college, exploring my relationship with my body, as well as family, religion and interaction. I also worked to capture my restlessness due to my insomnia, like many art students I often complete my artwork in manic insomniac periods. Part of exploring Identity was also looking at the influence my insomnia has on me, something that I have struggled with from early childhood. It is important to many people in the world that you show your face, what your face looks like and what you ‘choose’ to do to your face, especially if you are a woman. I wanted to find a way to show my confusion on what the ‘right way’ to show myself is and that can be different in every setting. This project allowed me to explore how I define identity in different settings. When I related it to myself the way I wanted to approach that project changed, as the initial focus what not related to myself. I was considering identity to be external, and then I stared to think about identity in an internal way and how that is presented externally.