This is a triptych I completed at the end of my junior semester at Pratt. I was also banned from the computer for this project, my teachers push me to experiment more. I plan to.
Excerpt from an essay I wrote about my work. I think this is thefirst time I’m really getting into detail publicly about the symbolismof my work.
”...The original assignment was to drawsomething new every day for three weeks on this piece, somethinginspired by your day, and to add another piece of paper each week. Iinterpreted the things going on around me and illustrated a piece onPatriarchy. Starting from left to right, the viewer can identify afamiliar character from western folklore, little red ridding hood.Earlier this year I had done an artist book on little red ridding hood,the hunter and the wolf both being male, the devouring being sexual,and the two female characters fate resting solely on the malecharacters in the story. Expanding upon that, the wolves and foxes inthis piece all represent male entities. The little read ridding hood issurrounded by wolves, faceless and feetless because she only existsbecause they do. A tree form grows out of her heart, her only form ofexpression. She is looking back ghostly little girls, wearing masks offoxes. They are trying to put on the face of little boys, as she pullsthe mask off she is disappearing. In front of these figures are headspopping up from the ground, surrounded by phallic mushrooms, poisonous,and suffocating them before they can surface. On the next panel thereis a frightening looking wolf or jackal like creature howling out tothe viewer. It is up to the viewer to decide if what is coming from himis some sort of phallic organ, an umbilical cord, questioning thegender, or entrails. It leads you to a flock of rabbits, then askingthe question if they came from him or if they are destroying him. Theanswer is in the background above, an outline of a faceless girl ridinga fox. In it’s mouth is an arm, relating to castration, which issomewhat of a tribute to Audition and other Asian horror films thatinspire me. In the last panel an elongated form of a woman lays on theground conscious and bare breasted. She represents the two roles womenare offered by the patriarchy, sexual object and Mother. The threefoxes (sons) chase the daughter (girl) to relate back to the piece,showing how this is a cycle, and also touches upon the desire for maleoffspring.”