Just a Shell of Me
By: Desirae Settlemyer
I am a huge fan of surrealism. Sometimes I feel like reality must be altered in order to show the truth. I was inspired by the overwhelming feeling of how we put on this face, a doll face, in order for others to accept us. Maybe we feel like no one understands our struggles. Maybe no one cares. Or maybe we just don't want to burden our loved ones with our own mental struggles. I chose to break this porcelain "doll face" as a way to show the inner struggles and darkness. I hope people see my artwork and think about what may be going on in the minds of others. Just because people seem ok, doesn't mean they are. Maybe others can offer support instead of judgment. If nothing else, they gain insight. I chose my child's face. My teenage years were the hardest. My child now enters those difficult years. I chose to work with watercolors to limit the control and allow a touch of chaos. Watercolor wanders the paper like our minds wander through existence.
2nd · Adult Original Artwork (2023)