digital self portrait

Digital Illustration

This digital image puts a twist on the traditional self portrait. Through extensive self examination I created a digital image that I believe represents me better than any image of my actual self. Using an illustration of orchids, I demonstrate the outer compassion that is easy to be seen and appreciated by strangers. Only when you go past the surface beauty, and through my flaws can you find and appreciate the true compassion.

The purpose of this project was to create a self portrait by any digital means. As southern woman, two years ahead of my graduating class I am no stranger to the happy feminine conspiracy that engulfs our society. We are taught to keep ourselves posh for the eye, but not for the touch. We're expected to stay young and naive and please our men in adoration in hopes of one day having all our needs willingly attended. This system works day in and day out. Seemingly, we are given everything we need.

This is not love. It is not the love young girls should be taught to obtain and strive for their whole lives. So many women, including myself, fall into toxic relationships because their perception of love and appreciation is buried behind this conspiracy of southern femininity.