Final Pieces
Series of works on canvas

Title: Conscious Affect
Materials: Charcoal and Acrylic
(manipulated on Photoshop

I completed a series of images that combined my paintings and drawings using photoshop, which would potentially be displayed on canvas. Throughout the research of this assignment I became interested in thought and emotion and just how much of the state of your mind determines your character and actions. There was one great quote I came across during my research: “Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habit. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.”

I became fascinated with this idea and how it plays with emotion and it led me to understand that emotion in any form seeds from thought. So for my artworks I wanted to communicate the idea of feeling and arouse a sense of emotion in the audience with the bold use of colour and highly contrasted tones to embody a sense of emotional energy. The use of eyes, hands, and lips I had drawn interwoven within the abstract paintings is to portray expressional forms of the body in a protective manner to comment on how much our society masks feeling. The repetition of the eyes is a confronting focal point of my works and I intentionally wanted to show how the eye is universally known as the window into people’s true emotional thoughts. The canvases also needed to be chaotic with harsh brushstrokes and heavily marked sketch lines to really express emotion as a kinaesthetic energy form. With the use of hands seemingly sheltering the eyes and mouth I wanted to further emphasis the importance of the aforementioned quote, because thoughts and words heavily determine how you feel and express yourself. In summation, my artwork embodies the quote and also references that thought and words are the roots of the convoluted tree that is emotion.

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