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2-D Design
Cameren Sitney
Suitland High School​|Forestville, Maryland​
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You Should Wear Makeup|19 x 15 in. Material(s): Acrylic paint on matte board​ Process(es): I took a reference photo and used it as my reference.
“This year, I decided to create a portfolio that dealt with extreme depth and exaggerated perspective, as a way to still challenge myself and to give my mental health a break.”​
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When it comes to women of color, there are several different stigmas that revolve around our culture and our image. Stigmas, including body image, stereotypical attitude issues, and especially colorism in the media, which is something I thought should be discussed. These borderline insulting stigmas, as well as everything society, expects of us women, are what inspire me to spark those more meaningful discussions with the detail I put into my pieces. In my College Board AP Art and Design portfolio, I dedicated my time and energy to creating pieces that express some slightly exaggerated versions of some of the pressure that women and women of color are faced with in today’s society. Some spoke on the issues of being “overweight” or any size besides extra small. Others spoke on the treatment women face within the work world. However, the piece that was selected dealt with colorism and the idea that certain shades of skin tone are more glorified in today’s day and age.
I wanted this piece, “You should wear Makeup”, to make the portrait come across as uncomfortable. With the makeup brush being gamed into the side of their face, while not only painting on the entirely wrong shade of foundation, but by showing a hand using force to keep their face in place as a way of saying “There’s nothing that you can do about this”. Many people have succumbed to the fact that there are few makeup brands that create a wide variety of shade of foundation for people of color, which is somewhat of a standard throughout the makeup community. Brands that have been around for decades haven’t even made an effort to widen their varieties on the darker end of their foundation spectrum. While newer brands suchs as Rihana’s Fenty Beauty had foundations, concealers, and bronzers for the darkskin girls since the jump. Either way, I wanted this piece to make people stop, share their opinions, and ask the tough questions: Should we be conforming to what has become the standard? Should the people working in these industries be doing more to accommodate everyone? And most importantly, what is everyones opinion on the matter? Because at the end of the day, we all deserve to feel beautiful in our own skin.
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Cameren Sitney
Cameren Sitney