the vetruvian woman


ill start by saying i dont really know how to articulate this in a way that makes sense….the idea of beauty has always kinda been an interest of mine. { im sure its pretty obvious in the subjects i chose to paint and draw }. the delineations made for women to follow and reject, features that are shunned and denied, the rules that women willingly (or unwillingly) ascribe to in order to be considered “beautiful” has been an obession for me for maybe the past 6 months. in my last series { starting with “we do not lose heart“,  i looked at superficial images of beauty in order to work out what i personally thought about them and how they influenced my own perception of self. it also fascinated me how certain groups were placed on the fringes of this superficial image of beauty and passively forced to conform to societal standards. i dont really know how to explain this new series (which i hope to paint once i have time) except to say its a phrenology of beauty and probably the closest thing to a self portrait i have ever done since for once i used some of my own features to paint these women

6 Responses to “the vetruvian woman”

  1. Naya

    I just wanted to say that I LOVE your art! Strong, Gorgeous, Intriguing-yet Challenged by her surroundings… is what this screams to me. Love it. Its so easy to get lost in each one. I check out your blog all the time during study breaks. Thanks for being so inspiring!

  2. Melody

    Thanks so much for thsese beautiful drawings. As a black woman, it is so hard to keep a positive attitude about your looks considering society tends to not acknowledge that a black woman is or can be beautiful-especially if she’s not a mixed race or multicultural black woman. It seems society will only view a black woman as beautiful if she’s of mixed race? Anyway, your drawings are gorgeous and thanks for making a woman of color in a positive image.
    Melody in FL

  3. Pj Perez

    It’s about time you posted some new art! And I can’t wait to see the rest of this series.

    Also: Beautiful.

  4. crystal belle

    wow! jackie, you are so amazingly talented. my favorite part is her eyes and the nose/lips. they are sketched so beautifully, and force you to feel as if she is talking to you. this is amazingly beautiful and moving.

  5. Allan Burch

    Hi Jackie! Beautiful work. I can’t wait to see the rest. You really capture such great mood and emotion with your work.

    To answer your question — yes, I always shoot multiple angles. Only after examining the resulting photos can I get a clearer direction on how I’d like to proceed. I love the unexpected things that can happen with light, shadow, and form. When that special combination is captured — something that could never be staged — it makes all the difference.

    Take care!

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