Group Exhibition, BFA Thesis Exhibition, Mark A. Chapman Gallery, Willard Hall, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS

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By:bowen xu
Activism, Drawing
Title:
Day in the life of
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pastel
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Group Exhibition, BFA Thesis Exhibition, Mark A. Chapman Gallery, Willard Hall, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS

Group Exhibition, BFA Thesis Exhibition, Mark A. Chapman Gallery, Willard Hall, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS artist statement:   Over 120,000 people got killed and more than 27,000 people were missing from the year 2006 to 2013, because of the war on drug in Mexico. But the number is so abstract and it bears no meaning to us. What we really care about are the more relatable things in our life, things like happiness, love, family, and friendship, and this is where I come in with my series of work. When I watched the documentary “Cartel Land,” my heart felt heavy, all these amazing characters we learned to love and care about, most of them died in the end. They were not only fighting each other in the war, they were fighting the “war.” When the war itself turns into the enemy, there is no moral, no karma, no justice, for us, the common folks, we really have no power to resist and fight. That is such a depressing feeling, but there is still one thing left and that thing is “LOVE.” Love your life, love your family, love your friends and people you work with. The 120,000 people lost their chance to love in the drug war, and leaving behind all the people we see in the documentary, who are still missing them. Don’t let your loved ones hanging, even in this first world country we live in, there are still wolf out there looking to hurt us, bad thing can still happen to good people. Always let your daughter know how much you love her before you get in the car, kiss your mother before you put on your uniform, and then when you walk out of the door, walk straight with your head up, don’t think about how you could have been a better son or a better dad, and there will be no fear of death entering your heart. And since this series of work was inspired by a complicated history, and because of the among of message I want to pack into it. I design to draw them in a format of movie storyboarding, there will be three storylines, about three people’s lives in the drug war, a small business owner, a dirty cop and a DEA agent. Because of the drug war, their life path comes cross each other and the drug war takes a toll on all three of them. These are going to be drawn on Fabriano paper, with mix media such as ink wash and pastel. Which helps to turns the drawing into something oil painting like. I want to use different color and light tricks to create the mood and help the viewers to read the story. But the message what viewers will get out of it is really up to them, that will be differed due to people’s different life experience. But a good thing about color is that the human eyes and brain all process color in a way that helps us to survive and that I can use this human nature to enhance my image. And I want to wrap up the whole story with a scene with three of them being together in a peaceful park filled with joyful people. That even the life gets so dark and heavy on you, you still have to lay back and take it out of your head and recognize the beauty of the place you live, the beauty of the people you live around. Live might seems dark for you, but people deal with struggles and move on.  

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