Every human experiences the world in their own way. Through these experiences, we learn and grow, exploring our identities and emotional journeys. Throughout this study, I sought to explore those identities and emotional experiences that I claim for myself and examine how they change. I also wanted to experiment with how to portray those ideas in ways that people can understand and relate to. I did this by creating over 20 bodies of work, mostly mixed media collage, each with its own message to myself and the viewer. Through these collages, I explore topics such as anxiety, depression, femininity, gender, and sexuality, and forced myself to delve deep into the highs and lows of my life. Through this journey of self-discovery, I was able to gain a better understanding of myself, who I am and who I used to be, as well as who I aspire to be. It is my hope that the viewers of this project are able to interpret the work in their own ways and find inspiration to explore their own changing identities.
Art and Art History
Rakosky, Alexa B., "Whatever Happens Tomorrow, At Least I Existed: A Journey of Self Discovery Through Self-Portraiture" (2021). Senior Independent Study Theses. Paper 9418.
Art and Design | Arts and Humanities
Bachelor of Arts
Senior Independent Study Thesis
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