Title

Take Me Away [Drawing]

Presenting Author Name/s

Brittney Brunson

Faculty Advisor

Elliott Jones, Alison Stinely

Presentation Type

Artwork

Disciplines

Art and Design | Illustration

Description/Abstract

Artist Statement

My intent was to create drawings that shed light on substance abuse. Perception and reality are altered and the users’ identities shift. Users present a facade to the world, but we often don’t understand what led to their abuse. Nor do we know what they face in the comforts of their own space. Prescription medicine, drugstore medicine and alcohol are very common substances to abuse and are the focus of these drawings. The scenes are set with the person lying in bed indulging in substances as a part of his everyday routine. The substance starts as a solution but overtime becomes the problem. The abuser in these drawings loses himself and shields his face to illustrate the fear, disconnect, intense sadness, loneliness and anxiety he feels. The use of these substances could be for a variety of reasons. One of the reasons could be a nonverbal cry for help. He could be facing a serious battle, possibly fighting for his life. The drawings were staged, photographed, then creatively edited to create a cohesive series on substance abuse. These drawings are fully rendered in color pencil on Bristol board. Overall, there are often signs of bigger emotional and psychological issues within a user’s life than just the substance.

Session Title

Art Exhibit

Location

Learning Commons @ Perry Library, Art Gallery

Start Date

2-2-2019 8:00 AM

End Date

2-2-2019 12:30 PM

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Feb 2nd, 8:00 AM Feb 2nd, 12:30 PM

Take Me Away [Drawing]

Learning Commons @ Perry Library, Art Gallery

Artist Statement

My intent was to create drawings that shed light on substance abuse. Perception and reality are altered and the users’ identities shift. Users present a facade to the world, but we often don’t understand what led to their abuse. Nor do we know what they face in the comforts of their own space. Prescription medicine, drugstore medicine and alcohol are very common substances to abuse and are the focus of these drawings. The scenes are set with the person lying in bed indulging in substances as a part of his everyday routine. The substance starts as a solution but overtime becomes the problem. The abuser in these drawings loses himself and shields his face to illustrate the fear, disconnect, intense sadness, loneliness and anxiety he feels. The use of these substances could be for a variety of reasons. One of the reasons could be a nonverbal cry for help. He could be facing a serious battle, possibly fighting for his life. The drawings were staged, photographed, then creatively edited to create a cohesive series on substance abuse. These drawings are fully rendered in color pencil on Bristol board. Overall, there are often signs of bigger emotional and psychological issues within a user’s life than just the substance.