Tuesday, March 22, 2011

A Tribal Belly Dancer

India Ink & Watercolor
61 x 40.6 cm
Mar 2011

          Belly dancing has been a part of tribal cultures for a very long time, to express emotions and to celebrate certain rituals. It focuses on movement of hips, arms, and waist, and the dress wear is different for each culture or occasion. This piece focuses on tribal belly dancing and the movement of the dancer and the beauty of it. I used less intense colors to make the body and dance seem more intimate and personal.

The Stages to Forgiveness

Acryllic Paint & Ball Point Pen
153 x 121.5 cm
Oct 2010

          This piece is based on my personal experience and how I coped with it. The first piece on the left represents my initial anger and how I was blinded by vengeance and  frustration with the situation. The center piece shows my progression from anger to disappointment the person I was mad with, and how I was confused by their reasoning. And the final canvas represents my reconciliation with this person and how my feelings progressed to this final peaceful stage.

          This piece focuses on movement of color and lines to keep the three canvases connected and unified. This was my first attempt at utilizing a abstract background to represent my emotions. Although it was difficult, I believe that I was able to show these emotions well. The center figure gives this piece a stable and more concrete image to connect the entire three pieces.

Arachne's Curse

Ball Point Pen & Watercolor
57.2 x 30.5 cm
April 2010
          This piece was largely influenced by Arachne's Curse, how she was hung and transformed into a spider because of a jealous Goddess, Athena. It focuses on contrast, line, and value, creating emphasis and a focal point on the spider. The dangling feet in the background give the piece a more eerie tone.