SOCIAL NORMS is a small colour pencil drawing about masking, a process where individuals change their personality to conform to social pressures, abuse and/or harassment. This is something I am sure many have experienced in their lives, sometimes even subconsciously at something like a family gathering even.
I have always found having to suppress who you are to be sad, this drawing was done quickly under circumstances where my own personality was being suppressed. I utilised many shading techniques that I would incorporate into my future pieces such as a darker range of colour gamut to illustrate a noir-esque sense of soullessness. The piece went much better than I anticipated and it has appeared in several pop up exhibitions since despite being nothing more than a therapeutic sketch in the beginning. Due to the quick and carefree nature of the drawing it unfortunately comes with some damage on the left shoulder, a result from food spillage most likely (the selling price is adjusted due to this). Nonetheless, people have said that they enjoyed the piece and its sentiment.
The drawing is also notable for being the first of a series of surreal colour pencil portraits, perhaps what I am most known for artistically. When viewed in the modern context, various multinationals and people in the prestige economy have related to the artwork’s message. I hope that it can help it’s next owner find some comfort in knowing that they are not alone in the fight for self expression and that there are people out there who recognise its importance.
NOTE ON SHIPPING: The artwork looks best without the clear acrylic sheet in the frame. This is included in the frame for additional protection to the artwork when shipping internationally. I recommend removing the sheet when the artwork arrives to enjoy the details fully.