Title: Alice in Wonderland at the Fork in the Road
Statement About The Work: "One day Alice came to a fork in the road and saw a Cheshire cat in a tree. Which road do I take? she asked. Where do you want to go? was his response. I don’t know, Alice answered. Then, said the cat, it doesn’t matter. If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there." - Lewis Carol
The scene I decided to illustrate was the part when Alice consults the Cheshire cat on which road to take. I twisted strips of paper to create the trees, and I folded square shaped pieces of paper to make the mushroom heads. I drew rabbit shapes and signs to cut them out, and I used John Tenniel’s illustration to make Alice’s silhouette as well as the cat’s silhouette. I chose this particular scene to illustrate because I often wonder which road to take with my life. I’ve always been interested in art, but I have always excelled in the sciences. My parents have always believed in the security and salary of a medical career, but I simply enjoyed making things. So, I have always been questioning my life’s choices between what I should do and what I want to do. There have been many points in my life in which I had no idea where to go, who I was, and who I wanted to be. There was this pressure to make decisions, start building a future and work towards it. I didn't know if I wanted to pursue medicine or if I wanted to do art. Therefore, this project not only illustrates Alice lost in the forest, but it also signifies my own personal confusion.
Statement About The Work: "O, my Lola" is a collection of photographs that take me away, just like that! I simply feel very moved as though I can (and will!) conquer anything I put my mind and, most importantly, my heart into. With any work I create I keep one thing in mind at all times: emotion. We've all been taken over by our emotions in one way or another, and I've always felt this negative association with this very important human process. My photos are my way of turning that view around, revealing how beautiful and special it is to be emotional. In a world where woman (and especially men) are subject to controlling these emotions, I am saying "no I will not", and I am saying "listen". Imagine if we were encouraged to understand our own, and others, feelings? What a happier place it would be! With the help of crystals, filters, paint and techniques taken from antique photography I bring you my view of moodiness and growth.
Statement About The Work: "Beauty is in the eye of the Beholder" aka the perception of beauty is subjective. I think; especially as women we feel like it's almost wrong to think that we are cute, pretty, or beautiful. I believe every human should feel beautiful inside and out. Makeup comes with a bad stigma that it should be used to cover up or conceal oneself or that it makes you pretty. There is no better feeling than having a client look in the mirror after an application and feel confident. There isn't always a verbal confirmation saying that they "love it" or that they "feel great" but it's the subtly in their body language that tells me. These girls and woman I have had the opportunity of working with are looking and seeing at themselves as beautiful and all I have done is enhanced what they already have. That right there is why I chose to become a makeup artist.