Friday, December 08, 2006
talking subject matter
This drawing has been in my sketchbook for a little over a week. I feel some anxiety over posting it and I am perplexed by it. Strangely, I feel a heightened sensitivity because my subject is disabled. It's almost as though I feel the need to cradle her, and keep her safe, rather than exposing her to the world. Is this silly? Why is this?
One of my favorite blogs to visit is Cindy Wood's Learning Daily. Oftentimes, Cindy's subjects appear to be disabled. What I appreciate so much about Cindy's work is how she doesn't hide their disabilities, special equipment or expressions, but instead gives you a true portrait of the person and their life. I hope this is what I have done here. My subject's mouth was open; rather than close it to make her more "pretty," I drew just what I saw. In many ways I feel to ignore these aspects of the person is to ignore the person completely.