Monday, March 28, 2011
This piece was also completed during the Memphis College of Art summer program of 2010. It was my first experience using gouache paint and I was pretty hesitant to begin because I'd heard many stories about the difficulties when using it. Nevertheless I began painting and just couldn't stop! I soon had the torso finished and the background painted with the Mexican flag, but I couldn't decide if I wanted to include a face. In the end (obviously...), I decided to paint the face in and I wanted to create an emotionless expression. The long hair I painted was to represent the way I looked when I was much younger and the way it's disappearing into the flower represents the shedding of my youth and the birth of a more adult me.