This is a presentation of ten scenes, and yet it is one piece of art. All of the works come together to present a view on life. These works came about through a class taken fifth block under the instruction of Professor Hugh Lifson called Life Drawing and Painting. They are the best of over sixty drawings composed that term. The drawings are charcoal on newsprint paper. The composition of these pieces came about in many forms. Many times the model would be standing and before I would even start the drawing of the model, I would come up with a scene or an emotion for the model to be involved in. Other times the background would come about at the same time or after I had drawn the model. In either case, interesting and some may say, controversial, scenes came about.
I, myself, do not necessarily believe these pieces to be too controversial. However, I do hope that they spark in the viewer some sort of emotion, whether it be irony, controversy, laughter, or anger. When I look at them, I tend to laugh because I am usually in a good mood when I am composing these pieces. When I draw them I can let my wild imagination roam free, which I am usually unable to do as an International Business and Russian major. Although while in class, many of the students and Professor Lifson thought that there were controversial issues raised, I will leave it up to the viewer to decide whether each scene is controversial or not. These scenes are there for the viewer to ponder, not for me to tell the viewer what to think or feel.
Alicia M. Erchul, ’97
Sponsor: Hugh Lifson