Per the suggestion of a fellow blogger and virtual friend, Mo, I decided to post drawings currently in the works. These drawings are part of a body of work dealing with standards of beauty. After reading Joanne Rondilla’s academic work on colorism and skin lightening amongst Filipina woman; examining and visually depicting two opposite ends of the spectrum, indigenous and super model Filipina women, came naturally. With Joanne’s research serving as the impetus, I embarked on a project that become something much deeper than I had imagined.
Re-contextualizing and reinterpreting Kenneth and Mamie Clark’s Doll Test was my original intent. The series was supposed to be comprised of small drawings depicting indigenous and super model Filipina women with modified features. I was going to create a grid of these images. Very similar to Ellen Gallagher’s work, I was looking to re-appropriate images in popular culture. Yet, I’ve always wanted to incorporate blind contour drawing with my renderings. After a multitude of contour drawings as well as representational drawings, I layered them to add a bit more dimension and depth. Again, this series is far from finished but I will definitely let you know when I think they’re done.
Again, I’ll post more soon. It’s been such an exhausting day! I’ll pick up some time again tomorrow…
The Working in Series studio class with artist Pamela Lanza at the UC Berkeley Extension through the Art and Design program was one of the most wonderful experiences in 2010. It was a difficult year, to say the least. Yet, through the class, I learned so much about why I create art and why it is a huge part of my life.