THOMAS KENNEDY

 

Biography

 

            I was born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1998. After living in Detroit, Michigan and Carlisle, Pennsylvania, my family moved to a small town in Texas. Like most children, I loved drawing and even got into trouble for drawing on both sides of my papers in school. I did not begin taking art classes until I was in high school. Since the school was small, it did not offer the best art classes but I did learn to work on art projects and to meet deadlines. When I started thinking about where I wanted to go to college, I knew I wanted to major in graphic design and that I wanted to major in graphic design. The Mississippi University for Women seemed like the best choice. Since coming to the W and studying at the art and design department, my understanding and appreciation of art has grown significantly.

 

 

Artist Statement

 

            Most of these works were colored pencil projects for my Illustration class. For the pots and pans picture, the class was tasked with setting up and photographing our own still life and of arranging the drawings into a tryptic. For the self- portrait, we were required to choose a 20th century painting and project it onto our own faces. I chose to use Charles Demuth’s I Saw the Figure 5 in Gold. I chose this painting because I found the way the number five figure interacted with my face visually interesting.      Lastly, are the colored pencil drawings. On a recent mission trip to the Mississippi Delta, I worked on a roof. As I was working on the roof, I looked out and saw how beautiful the fields were. I loved the contrast between the land and the sky and the wide open spaces which reminded me of my home back in Texas.

 

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