Carving Identity I & II
Tempera on tar paper
In the Carving Identity series, I used my own body’s imprint onto tar paper as a representation of a “pure identity” and used a knife to carve into the paper, creating lines that distort the image of the body until it was no longer recognizable to symbolize how every person alters themselves in an effort to be recognized or accepted. The use of tar paper was initially incidental but has grown into something more- tar paper is used in construction and that purpose mirrors the theme of the piece, the construction of identity.
These won UTEP’s 2014 annual juried student art show’s “best drawing” award