Over 6 years ago, I started a project called, “ The Core Collection.” This collection is comprised of seven contemporary realist style portrait paintings (30 x 30 in.) ea. depicting diverse young women specifically from the Seattle area. The content behind this body of work, ask the question, “ What does, dichotomy of modern women look like?” And that question is posed from a feminine perspective.
This project has been a growing piece for me artistically and mentally throughout the years. As a female artist, this collection has been more of an introspective on self-identity and how the experience of being a woman and in particular a woman-of-color is not monolithic. Painted in watery layers of monochromatic hues of black and white acrylic paint combined with stark accent colors creating visually striking imagery. With each portrait set against a surreal like simplified background, I wanted to create a sense of balance between elements of simplicity and complexity through the use of positive and negative spaces on the canvas. Along with the use of typography and assorted patterns designs adorning on or around the women, to further draw attention to an individual narrative while weaving a common thread of human vulnerability and strength.
As each portrait in this collection was rendered precisely from photographs taken by Seattle Photographer, Elizabeth Atkinson. In addition, Atkinson played a considerable role in this project by incorporating her own unique style of candide shooting paired with an editorial feel that created these individual stories lending itself to the production of these paintings collectively.