“I’m Still Here”
Woman, 2019 Oil on canvas 30x40inch I Was Me, 2019 Oil on canvas 36x48inch
It’s Such a Wonderful Thing to Love, 2018 Watercolor on paper 18x24inch
Breaking Down, 2019 Oil on canvas 36x48inch
Whatever it Takes, 2018 Oil on canvas 40x48inch. Lullaby, 2019 Oil on canvas 36x36inch
My “I’m Still Here” solo exhibition consists of different bodies of work which is done by mixed media such as oil on canvas, drawing paper with graphite and color pencil, watercolor, and sculpture that work together to give a narrative about personal experiences such as dealing with depression and overcoming it as well as my other work that focuses on gender and identity. Instead of doing self-portraits of myself, I use different imagery that best represents what I want to portray through my work. Through my work, I use a variety of vibrant colors to create surreal dreamlike work that portray myself during that mental state of mind or a topic that I want to address. There are several reasons why I use the color palette that I do but the main are to express and show an atmosphere of the environment the painting is taking place and for my figures, I don’t want to paint a specific racial group because if I do, then it defeats the purpose of what I want to create which is why I do my color palette the way it is because it can be anyone and not just one specific group. For the most part, my work is about the duality of happiness and depression which can be seen from the use of color and imagery. Despite of struggling with depression in the past, I’m still thriving with a better healthy state of mind and the title of the exhibition “I’m Still Here” is a response to that as well as my artwork because the viewer is seeing it in person which fulfills the statement of the title.
-Senior Undergrad, Jose Lozano, majoring in Fine Art (Studio Art) Ig @faceman107