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Ornela, 2014-2015

The Ornela series was the product of a year-long research on authenticity. Through several portrait studies, psychological research, and travel, I concluded that authenticity comes from the complete embrace of oneself. This includes building the courage and inner strength to withstand external influences that attempt to shape us through expectations, dogma, or even coercion. The name "Ornela" was inspired by a young girl I met in Symi, Greece who exemplified the spontaneity, joy, and genuineness that only someone who has not succumbed to these influences either due to age, chance, or innate strength, can have. 

The multi-layered portraits are made from acrylic, newspaper collage, and metal patchwork. Each face has phrases or reflections I gathered throughout the year subtly written underneath the top layers. The faces are purposely asexual as the path toward self-acceptance and self-love is universal; and the metal thumbtacks on the eyes are intended to reflect the viewer as part of the experience of engaging with the work. 

Orange Ornela

2015,  40" x 30" (101.6 x 76.2  cm), Acrylic, metal thumbtacks, and newspaper on canvas

Salmon Ornela

2015,  40" x 30" (101.6 x 76.2  cm), Acrylic, metal thumbtacks, and newspaper on canvas

Green Ornela 

2015,  40" x 30" (101.6 x 76.2  cm), Acrylic, metal thumbtacks, and newspaper on canvas

Purple Ornela 

2015,  40" x 30" (101.6 x 76.2  cm), Acrylic, metal thumbtacks, and newspaper on canvas

Golden Ornela

2015,  40" x 30" (101.6 x 76.2  cm), Acrylic, metal thumbtacks, and newspaper on canvas

Red Ornela

2015,  40" x 30" (101.6 x 76.2  cm), Acrylic, metal thumbtacks, and newspaper on canvas