Art Honors Thesis: A Would-be Perfectionist’s Pursuit of Joy through Faith and Painting
From my Art Honors Thesis(Spring 2018):
Being a quiet, introverted person, I often feel an imaginary barrier between myself and other people. While I desire to connect with others and share a piece of myself with them, this simple human need often goes unfulfilled. Perhaps this explains my need for creative expression through art. In this expressive act, painting is an outpouring of my soul. As the brush flicks in my hand and paint oozes out onto the canvas, so I pour myself out as an offering of thanks to God, praising Him for the gifts He has given me. Where I have difficulty connecting with others, painting gives me an avenue to express myself and share who I am in the truest, most authentic way I know. My work is an introvert’s look into self. I can share with others what’s inside, and by addressing personal experiences, I can open a forum for others to be honest about their own experiences, whether similar or different. I want to show not only what is on the surface, but also what is beneath, what is unseen, and perhaps let the viewer contemplate this side of themselves. Hence, I use a somewhat abstract, reactionary process in terms of color, texture, and stroke to communicate feeling and emotion in my work. Self-portraiture and abstract painting processes allow me to express and communicate these truths, to share my personal testimony of the spiritual realities of my life in Christ amidst varied emotions, and the highs and lows of daily life.