Where's Rascal? by davinabehin
These last two semesters have been really hard on me. I've been doubting my identity as an artisit (I was somewhat horrified to find that my identity is practically nothing without the "artist" part) and feeling great anxiety over grad school and the rest of my life etc. Then I had a dream about talking to my high school art teacher about my uncertainties and she wordlessly showed me my old artwork, things I had made when I was really little. When I woke up I felt a tremendous relief and more like myself. So I decided to paint this as my first painting of the semester: a kind of self-portrait of my artwork so far. The earth behind Rascal's head is a reference to a self-portrait I made in high school and Rascal himself is a reference to one of the first paintings I did in college besides the many, many, many drawings and things I made of him throughout my entire life - Rascal has been with my family since I was about four years old. The title, "Where's Rascal?" was an illustrated story I made in first grade. Beyond all that history, I wanted to capture a sense of childhood and possibility, kind of like how summer used to feel when I was a kid.
Oils, 22 x 28 in.