Self Portrait Artist’s Statement
For my self portrait, I wanted to create something that touched on both the physical and internal aspects of me. The hair, eyes, and lips are all features I generally felt applied to me. I was constantly ridiculed for my big lips as a child, but I have grown to love them. For the face, I chose orange mostly as a funny aspect of me loving being out in the sun and soaking up the rays, especially since I am from Saudi Arabia. Each and every word and phrase was specifically chosen to explain a bit about me. I chose to put the word “om” on the right side of my lips to indicate my passion for yoga but also to reference a learning experience I underwent last semester. I learned of many female yogis who are authoritative leaders of the practice and I felt inclined to practice and tap into my own spirituality. I chose words like global, minority, and blend to indicate my international aspect. I am originally from Saudi Arabia, and I feel like I have blended multiple identities into one that works for me. The symbol to the left of the lips is indicative of my Islamic upbringing, of which I don’t believe I can every truly lose touch with. Discovery, social responsibility, young woman, transforms and equipped all reference the change I underwent after women’s studies. I found out a lot about myself, and I realized that now that I have become equipped with the necessary tools from my education, I have a responsibility to transform the world around me to be more accommodating of young women everywhere. The foil headband says a bit about my passion for cooking and it is almost always necessary in most of the dishes I make. The joker collar around my neck symbolizes my funny-side, and how I enjoy the funny things in life. The nail polish is my way of showing my artistic side, because I enjoy using simple forms of socially constructed beauty practices to my advantage. The word free on the back of my head is the feeling I experienced after finally understanding what it meant to be a woman. I initially cut the words out of a random page, but when I saw the page of nature it reminded me of what I learned about Goddess worship, and how the mother is often seen in that kind of nature.