I'm very honored to present "Resilience" to you all. This self-portrait has been in the works for almost a full year now. I painted it as a reminder that while I may be faced with dozens of obstacles and my mental health isn't always on point, that I am always in control of how I perceive my surroundings. I wanted to remind myself that color and happiness can be find wherever I look for them, and to look to the lighter side to allow it to heal my wounds.
I've always perceived my inner light/soul/whatever as a lightbulb.
I'm not really sure why. Part of me thinks I just like the aesthetic of lightbulbs, but I think another part of me likes that they're more concrete than a floating orb of light. Writing "proof" in the filament was inspiration from a Paramore song of the same name. It's a song about having the confidence to believe your partner when they say that they love you, but I also saw it as a way of saying that I trust my own feelings and instincts to a point where I don't need external validation, and when I get it, I won't doubt it. As the song goes: "The only proof that I need is you."
"Resilience" and "Proof" will be shown and for sale in the art gallery at the Laurel Groove in Winchester, VA on August 26th. The Laurel Groove is a benefit concert for The Laurel Center, whose mission is to aid victims of sexual and domestic abuse.
You can read a more in-depth explaination of "Resilience" here: https://www.facebook.com/allisonnickensss/posts/10207650462659496
My name is Allison Nickens. I graduated from James Madison University with a BFA in Fine Art in 2015. After graduation I began live painting at music and arts festivals and at local shows, and still continue to show and sell my work around Harrisonburg,VA.
Upcoming Shows & Events
Valley Fusion Festival
Solo Show at The Camel
Solo Show at Restless Moons Brewing