Final work: Culture Issue


Drawing/ Imaging

Final work: Culture Issue

                       Rita zhou


    Inspiration: There is a this is very cruel ceremony called female circumcision, it “ritual cuts or removal of some or all of the external female genitalia”,  and mostly happened in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, it is harmful for girls both for their mental and physical health. There are over two hundred million of women were forced to accept this event. People today started to face this cruel and obsolete ceremony, and many organizations around the whole world are trying to resisting this horrible tradition, and this is where my inspiration comes from. I think there are too many darkness in this practice, and it is just too hard for me to paint the painful behind it, so I want to describe this social problem in another way, which is to show the power and strong of female in this ritual.  


This is my sketches, I made a plan based on the knowledge that I learned  in the semester.
        For the lay out of the whole page, I used golden ratio to create perfect proportion, I placed there main part of the painting at three golden ration spots. In the whole painting, I used not a single strait line, but all curves to express the feeling of feminine and softness.
I layered the flower on the portrait, I paint phalaenopsis orchid for many reasons.
This flower represent feminist, especially, purple phalaenopsis orchid means dignity and respect, women in this event don’e earn the respect and dignity which they deserved, because of the effort many people have made, a lot of women were saved, they earned their respect and dignity, so I used this way to represent the feeling that many women are saved and protected, and more and more women will be saved in the future, the power of resisting this  senseless ritual will be stronger and stronger in the future, and that also the reason why I placed all phalaenopsis orchid around the portrait, and spread them all over my painting.


I used color to reflect the coldness of the reality, and the warm of people’s heart protection, and strength.



   I wanted to create emotional figure, so I took many photo of myself on the dark ness, and I tried to express the feeling of  sadness, helpless, but full of love and strength.To create this feeling in my painting, my color is in saturation which is sad and helpless, but the hue is warm which represent the love and power of woman. I used transparent light to blurry all the feelings, so the emotion shows deeper. I create shadow in my painting and made a representational portrait, but I still soft the edge, to create a mystery and sad feeling. Even though this portrait just has half of the face, but I still want to create a perfect proportion using the rule of golden ratio.


This is my background for the painting



     In the middle of the painting, I used water painting to create human figures. After many practice, I tried to paint a set of abstraction figures. The figures look like a kind of shape instead of fierce out line, this is the way I create mystery feelings. These figures are embracing each other, they are protecting each other, the gradation of color from dark to light shows more emotion.



At the right of the painting, There is another set of human figures. I used water color to create this set, I emerging the edges, so figures can connect with the background better when I layer these two elements.
But I used two different ways to paint it, and choose the better one.


.I combined all these elements and here is my final.
     Then I create an extra painting, this version express the feeling that woman today are able to defend their rights, and be more free to express themselves.




I combined two painting together at last to show the hope.

Also to show the feeling that women will be stronger in the future.

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