Hafu (detail), 2015. 3′ x 8′ x 4′. Charcoal and oil paint.
Blue paint pools over a self portrait. The quiet, contemplative color of the paint intermingles with the dirty charcoal and it becomes diluted. The face hides itself in shame. The painting is simultaneously proud and abashed. As a gentle exploration of binaries, it is contemplative and quiet. However, there are deeper notes underneath the murmur – the dark charcoal, the vibration and tension between the two images, and the dramatic act of obscuring the portrait. The painting resonates with a deep angst – an angst of existing within a hybrid of dissonant truths.
Jocelyn Suzuka MacDonald is an artist’s assistant living in the U.S., who’s originally from Kyoto, Japan.