Statement i did for uni: It seems that these days you can’t walk up to a magazine shelf without seeing waif-like celebrities showing off how under weight they are. We are all used to seeing them thinner than the rest of us but the “I’m anorexic” look seems to have escalated to an all time extreme. Many admire women in these magazines and there probably isn’t anyone who hasn’t wanted to be as pretty, thin or famous as them at least once. What happens when admiration becomes an obsession? Levels of anorexia have been on the increase these past few years and I can’t help but think, can the media fixation be attributed to this rise? The work I am interested in is concerned with celebrities in the media and looking at the Sensation Exhibition and the intended shock factor behind some work. I have used this as a basis for some work and I would like to pursue this idea of shocking the viewer but leaving an impression. Some paintings that I have produced try to deal with a feeling of desperation to be something or someone else. The painting I feel that is the most shocking is one of someone screaming. I tried to capture the emotions that are taking place within someone’s head. In the background there is a vase that contains two flowers which I painted as a metaphor to symbolise hope. I made the choice to obscure the vase and flowers because when you are feeling so desperate you sometimes feel there is no hope and nothing will be ok again. I intend to do a series of small paintings and drawings that will attempt to somehow illustrate the issues behind these people. I have been thinking of producing a series of images using the silhouette of the model/celebrity and are in blocks of one colour. These will be similar to the work of Gary Hume. This part of it shares a tenacious link to last semester’s project. I stopped doing it because I found the subject too difficult to portray. I was concerned with subliminal messaging and how hiding something in the right way can influence how people think or act. In response I intend to do the simple paintings and overlay a skeleton in glow in the dark paint or UV pen so when the light is switched off or a certain light shined onto it, it is visible. This would draw attention to the frail shape, exaggerating how thin the figure is. Eventually I aspire to express how I feel about this subject in a more personal way than I am doing now. I would like to show how anorexia/bulimia affects not just the person with this disease but the people around them that love them. I also want to do more work on desperation and obsession; I feel it will be an interesting subject to look further into, and it fits in well with anorexia.
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