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As I scrolled through my daily dose of Pintrest posts one night, I came across this series of peculiar drawings that just got me thinking about how people define beauty in their own minds. Most people see beauty as the image that was implanted in our brains by society: the celebrities with perfect lives, the girls with perfect hair and makeup, and the guys with perfect bodies. What about the people who don’t have those qualities?
This series of graphite drawings was done by a brilliant artist by the name of Gillian Lambert. She named the series, Self Deception, and as you can see, there is resemblance in each of these drawings. She seemed to love the idea of abstracting the human face by bending, twisting, and pulling her own face to depict the grotesque, repulsive, awkwardness that is the human face.
I thoroughly enjoyed looking at her work because she really captures an image that is not only humorous and reflective of the hidden truth but also something very unpolished and almost disgusting at the same time.
Out of all the drawings in the series I’d have to say that String is my favorite. The intricate detail in each and every messy strand of hair and the pressure the string creates to deform the face is so beautifully and truthfully illustrated. It is definitely a piece to be appreciated. It almost makes you want to reach into the picture and yank the piece of string in order to free her strangled face. All of these drawings make me want to reach in and unrestricted her face from whatever is constraining it.
Another thing I really like about these drawings is how calm she looks in all of the portraits. I like that aspect because I feel like most people would expect her to look worried and trying anything to loosen the grip of her hands or pressure of the string constraining her face; but she looks as if it is supposed to be happening to her, like it’s “normal”.
I was trying to do a little bit more research, for my own sake, to see where her work has been shown. After reading a few blog posts about her I found someone who took pictures of her work in a gallery… but, of course, didn’t say which gallery it was at.
The link to her website and her work:
- What is the significance, if any, of depicting only one side of her face (or disguising one side of her face depending on how you want to look at it) in each of her drawings?
- Is there meaning behind the items she used to distort her face?
- If these are self-portraits how was she able to so intricately draw something like Hands without help?
- If you were to recreate something like this, which object or objects would you use to distort your face? Why?