Independence vs. Expectation
Graphite and Soft Pastel on Stonehenge Paper
This diptych was made for a drawing project with the theme Duality / Opposing Forces.
This piece is based off of "Your Woman" by White Town (music video at the bottom). The song/video tells the story of two women competing in a simulation to win a man’s heart. Each woman races through a series of choices marked by street signs in a simulated relationship with the man. The protagonist unfortunately sees the truth behind the man's intentions, or a "bad ending" to the relationship in which she ends up alone with the man's child. This is due to her choices of looking for "Truth" and "Love" instead of "Lust" and "Seduction". The other competing woman also switches the road signs in order to throw the protagonist off track, making her see the truth of how her relationship with the man would end in the long run. In the end, the protagonist decides to choose Independence over spending her life with the man (which is shown as Expectation). (You’re encouraged to watch the music video!)
This piece is meant to add to the ending of this story with the main character choosing Independence and knowing that this is the right pathway for her, but looking back on the Expectation side of this story and wondering, despite its predicted dark ending, if she should still consider it because that is what people EXPECT from her.
This piece talks about the expectations that society has for certain people, in this case a woman, and how it might feel weird “going against the grain” and being independent from the life society pushes onto you. Society leads you to think: "Maybe it’s best to go along with the expectations society has for you, even if you know that’s not what’s good and best for you in life."
This is a very important piece to me. In terms of skill, this piece was pivotal in making me realize what I can do with a simple pencil and that I love to spark conversations about life with my work.