Reflective Essay About Art

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Drawing is a way to communicate your knowledge and perception of a topic to others. In addition to the expression of a concept through words, a graphical representation of an idea is another method in gaining a better understanding of one’s perspective. Art has always been another way for me to express emotions and feelings I could never express in words. Sometimes, art provides a visual of my mind and illustrates how an issue affects me. I chose to use art as a medium to express my thoughts, as opposed to words, in order to illustrate the pressure imposed upon the Asian populations to achieve the ideal appearance. As someone with an Asian background, I have noticed and been personally affected by the appeal in whiteness. White skin is idolized …show more content…
Therefore, I produced another drawing that incorporated the monochromatic elements and expanded on the visual characteristics by introducing various colors. I intended to incorporate both a bleak and colorful perception of the girl in order to symbolize the manner in which East Asian countries view races and the fashion in which diversity should be perceived. Instead of whitening the woman’s face, I decided to illuminate her appearance using colored pencils. By not limiting the woman to simply two shades, I strove to display the distinctiveness of her character and the true colors behind her skin tone. Nevertheless, the absence of color in the paint splatter indicates the continued existence of a limited perception of skin color within the eyes of society. Comparable to the first drawing, I signified how society sees through a black and white lens, concentrating only on the good and the bad. The inclusion of the paint brush served the purpose of illustrating the effort of whitewashing the population, as well as the culture. I also drew a small, black horn, protruding from her head, because a person of color is looked upon in a negative manner. A black person was often referred to as a "black devil" and was believed to have polluted the community. Whereas white is correlated with beauty and cleanliness, black is linked to corruption and filthiness. …show more content…
The hands drawn across the woman 's face signify the intrusive behaviors of society. Both hands attempt to “correct” features of her face, either painting a new skin color or reconstructing her facial appearance. The hands are bolded with a black outline to draw the viewer’s attention to those regions; their conspicuous display exhibits the significant role society plays in self-image. The woman relinquishes her individuality into the hands of society, who then dictates her image. Additionally, the invasion of the hands causes the woman to resemble a sculpture, as if she is an art project with society as the sculptor. The hand’s large size was drawn to differentiate her inferiority to the influence and manipulation of the larger

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