Boldly Design with Color and Shape

Boldly Design with Color and Shape - student project

Boldly Design with Color and Shape - image 1 - student project

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Boldly Design with Color and Shape - image 2 - student project

I really appreciated the prompt of thinking about where you come from and thinking more conceptually about who you are in terms of a self portrait. Some of the personal elements I knew I would want to incorporate are polka dots, my glasses, short bangs and short hair. Those are visual elements that I think really define my style. I also knew I would want to be holding a mug because I collect mugs and I am also a potter and I make a lot of mugs. And then finally I knew I wanted the character to have some sort of attitude in the pose. I like to be comfy and I'm always contorting my body on my big comfy desk chair, and it immediately reminded me of this picture of Dorothea Lange. I have always loved this picture of her on top of a car taking a photograph because it's just so filled with personality and I love her style for a woman in the 30s and 40s. She is a hero of mine and also has deep roots in the Bay Area, where I'm from so it seemed to really fit. 

Boldly Design with Color and Shape - image 3 - student project

For colors I decided to think about the same time period Dorothea Lange was living and working in the Bay Area, and what artistic movements were going on and who her contemporaries were. So I thought of abstract expressionism and Richard Diebenkorn, who was another famous artist from the Bay Area. I drew my color palette from this work of his.

Boldly Design with Color and Shape - image 4 - student project


Jesse Dutton-Kenny
Museum Exhibits Professional