Artist Samantha Wall, a Korean born artist now residing in America, creates ink portraits of identity-less faces expressing various psychological states. Her work is loose, slightly abstract, yet delicate in detail. Through her series Let Your Eyes Adjust to the Dark, she aims to address the unifying power of emotion. She states;
“Let Your Eyes Adjust to the Dark is a collection of drawings that delve into my obsession with the internal emotional states that separate us as individuals, while simultaneously linking us as a whole. The expression of emotions provides a doorway into private experiences that reveal our commonality, a smile could indicate pleasure and a frown, sorrow. These communicable emotions reach outward from within, making our bodies transparent. I am interested in the emotions that are more difficult to penetrate and are cloaked even from our own awareness. These are the emotions that sculpt our psyches, erect psychological boundaries, and fill our shadows.”
By creating strong images of non-recognizable subjects, Wall not only speaks of emotion, she also addresses complications of identity. Her subjects are of no particular race, referring, perhaps, to her own multi-faceted history. When subtracting a recognizable being from her portraits, she allows the viewer to purely experience a moment of psychological inquiry and not one based on social constructs.
Her drawings are careful works that display the true ability of her medium. By using ink as a means to speak about line and depth rather than tonality, she allows the looseness of her process to create visually complex images that are able to display just the right amount of information.
Unlike the traditional portrait, Wall displays an array of images that leave us searching, internally for feelings, rather than for narrative meaning. (via Hi Fructose)