Beauty with age: nature vs human

Beauty with age: nature vs human

 

Using charcoal on paper, I juxtaposed an old woman’s face next to the trunk of a mature tree. I wanted to illustrate the relationship between the women’s age and the tree’s bark, to give a new perspective to humanity’s perception of age. I want to portray that humanity’s approach to aging is not in line with nature’s concepts of beauty.  In society, people try to delay or mask the process of aging. When we see a wrinkled faced we shy away probably because we fear our own mortality. I want the viewer to accept the inevitable and embrace it as another stage of growth and a new cycle of life.  Society considers even the oldest trees to be the most majestic and eye opening, not judging its cracks and lines but admiring their age, mesmerized by their height and counting their rings. We fight to make youth eternal. However, like the bark of the old tree, our faces get covered in lines and wrinkles appear. We cannot forget that with age comes wisdom and inner beauty. I want the viewer to accept the inevitable and embrace it as another stage of growth and a new cycle in life.

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