MEDIUM: mixed media Conte crayon, ink, chalk, pastel, and charcoal on bond paper.
My portrait today was inspired by all the girls in Afghanistan who are continually facing obstacles to their rights. Not only their rights to their individuality or their rights for freedom but also their rights for them to speak up and let their voice be heard in a world still ruled by (at least in the remote villages that are the hardest hit in the war) long standing traditions.
I chose to use such a variety of media because of my idea that there is such a mixture feelings and chaos in the lives of girls in Afghan culture and in Afghanistan right now in my personal perspective.
My portrait reflects how I would feel if I was this young woman-how I would feel which would be very mixed up, as if I was facing a barrier like the one I place in yellow between her a person above her, as well as feeling as I was trapped inside some other world where it may appear there is glass or a as if I was trapped on the other side of a mirror as someone looks in at me and that is why my portrait of this young Afghan girl is in such mixed media with the glasses and profile of an elder woman to the far upper left corner staring down on her and at her-the elder woman for me represents a woman from her own country looking at her but not providing her freedom from the barriers or pulling her free from a lower stature.