Title

Once Upon a Time

Format

Senior Art and Design Exhibition

Faculty Mentor Name

Trent Burkett

Abstract/Artist Statement

In the time that I have been an artist I have never come across a style of art I love more than manga. It was for this reason that I chose to create a series of manga-style illustrations for my senior show. I chose "Once Upon A Time" as the theme for my series of works because all of the works I created for this show are rooted in fantasy. I chose to work in the traditional style of manga, using ink to create my paintings. In the time I have been working this style, I have been troubled by the simple fact that I am an American working in a style of art known for its Japanese origin. I want to disprove the notion that my origin restricts me from creating art in the style I have come to love. Art is many things, but the last thing it should ever be about is limitations. By taking on the challenge of creating professional manga illustrations for my senior show, I wanted to prove to myself that I can really do this. Of course I want others to approve of my work as well, but it bothers me the most that I doubt my ability to create the art I love based upon nothing more than where I was born. I doubted myself when I started this assignment, but after creating my own original illustrations, I feel that I am much closer to accepting myself as a true manga artist.

Location

Reynold Gallery

Start Date

3-5-2008 1:00 PM

End Date

3-5-2008 5:00 PM

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Once Upon a Time

Reynold Gallery

In the time that I have been an artist I have never come across a style of art I love more than manga. It was for this reason that I chose to create a series of manga-style illustrations for my senior show. I chose "Once Upon A Time" as the theme for my series of works because all of the works I created for this show are rooted in fantasy. I chose to work in the traditional style of manga, using ink to create my paintings. In the time I have been working this style, I have been troubled by the simple fact that I am an American working in a style of art known for its Japanese origin. I want to disprove the notion that my origin restricts me from creating art in the style I have come to love. Art is many things, but the last thing it should ever be about is limitations. By taking on the challenge of creating professional manga illustrations for my senior show, I wanted to prove to myself that I can really do this. Of course I want others to approve of my work as well, but it bothers me the most that I doubt my ability to create the art I love based upon nothing more than where I was born. I doubted myself when I started this assignment, but after creating my own original illustrations, I feel that I am much closer to accepting myself as a true manga artist.