While my exploration in graphics leads my work in countless directions regarding technique and experimentation, one concentration has constantly made its way into my portfolio: my interest in textiles and intricate patterns. Though I sometimes stray from ornamentation for the sake of simplicity, my true passion often lies in the creation of hand drawn elements of texture and pattern. Especially through the use of textiles in clothing, I feel personal and artistic expression are both sought out and achieved by each individual. I hope to be the tool through which they find that expression.
In this particular exhibition, I chose to explore a few concepts and techniques that have always intrigued me: the combination of studio self-portraiture and digital media, and the exploration of self-perception. As I have learned in business psychology courses, there are three types of self-image that shape and affect an individual’s behaviors. These are actual self-image (how individuals truly see themselves), ideal self-image (how individuals hope to see themselves), and social self-image (how individuals would like others to see them). It fascinates me that people often change the way they look, act and behave based on how they want to perceive themselves and be perceived by others. This masking of our identities, if you will, is most eloquently portrayed through women’s everyday use of makeup, hair products, clothes and accessories. Not only do we go through the process of creating a new face in the mirror each day, but we continue this false expression in our social networking profiles as well. We can adjust meticulously how social we appear, how popular we seem, and how attractive we look in our photographs.
By creating a series of self-portraits and a falsified online presence, I hope to convey the journey and exploration of self-image through the eyes of the individual I know best in the world—myself. Though I may not always be consciously aware of it, my behaviors, actions, confidence, introspection and appearance change as a result of how I see myself, hope to see myself, and hope to be seen by others. Do yours?
Lyndsay Lewman is a current Senior at Salisbury University. She will be graduating in Spring 2013 with a BFA in Graphic Design, as well as a minor in Marketing and Management.
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