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Ali | by Christie Sims
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Oil on Canvas


*This was very hard to photograph because I painted the plaid in the background gold.


The Roman god Janus was usually depicted with two heads looking in opposite directions, and was frequently used to symbolize change and transitions such as the progression of past to future and from youth to adulthood. This inspired me to paint Ali with two heads.


Ali often depicts her self with two heads in her self portrait photographs. In this piece I wanted to emphasize how her personality is in transition from youth to adulthood. This is instead of the idea of Ali having split personalities or the impression of indecisiveness which I feel are captured in her self portraits.


I painted the head on the right wearing glasses and looking forward to an area not seen to the viewer. This represents the future and adulthood. The Left head represents youth. Ali’s eyes are drifting down towards an area not seen to the viewer. This is to depict Ali as not concentrating on the future but dreaming about the past.


The figure’s left hand is stuck forward in between her crossed legs. This represents the future (or moving forward) and is in contrast to the figure’s right hand which is loosely being pulled back away towards the left, representing the past.


The plaid throughout the piece represents a pattern that Ali identifies her self with. She enjoys anything in plaid.

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Taken on July 21, 2008