arts, drawings

Behind the Artwork: ‘I’m Lost But I Don’t Need Your Help.’

Here we are back again with another new piece entitled, ‘I’m lost but I don’t need your help’ – featured below. So let’s find out all about it….

What is it all about?

Well, honestly, this piece was born out of my sheer frustration of people thinking that I can’t do things on my own. It’s not that I don’t appreciate help, it’s just many people tend to force it upon me when you know what? I’m entirely capable of performing most tasks alone. I don’t know if it’s my petite stature or a general gender issue – it does tend to be the males who worry about me for example using a drill or being up a ladder. This week I got to the end of my tether; if I need help, I’ll ask for it. I’m not a damsel in distress, well not until I say so! 

Why the desert?

The desert is mostly baron, it is such a harsh landscape and cacti are prickly and fairly unwelcoming looking plants – they are also pretty other-worldly and add an unusual element to the scene. It would be quite frightening to be lost in the desert so I think it exaggerates the emotion of the drawing.

Why don’t the other figures have faces?

Most of my work is inspired by situations that occur in my life, things are seen purely from my point of view, as I experience them. This particular piece was born out of my feelings and reaction to a number of situations that built up during one small amount of time – there’s not one specific person I wanted to depict here. 

Would you describe this as a feminist piece?

I think most of my work is to some degree. I mean, I’m a woman and I’m basically depicting thoughts, experiences and reactions to ‘everyday’ occurrences in my life. However, feminism is not just about being a woman – it’s about everything from class to race, something I think a lot of people do not understand. I only know my situations and what I have experienced therefore I am only providing an insight into one tiny part of the human race. But yes, this one in particular is definitely born out of my frustration of being seen as a damsel in distress and incapable.

What did you use to create this?

As usual, I used a mixture of things from pastels to pencil to charcoal and more. I don’t like to feel limited and I really don’t like to get bored. 

Well, there you have it, until next time…

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