Sarah Dos Santos

I love to draw faces. I like finding them in things, humanizing parts of abstract art. When I saw the piece I chose I was overwhelmed by the beautiful colors and gradients it had, which is why I picked it.

When I was brainstorming what to do with it, turning it this way and that, I couldn’t help but think that it looked like a shattered flower opening with a clear center point. Flowers make me think of new beginnings and birth, so I combined them into a twisted human flower. The sharp petal-like structures radiating from the center created perfect lines for me to put faces behind and from. I chose to make them plain white and hairless as a simple focus and contrast, and I was thinking about birth and so white felt appropriate. I added some of the color from the edges of the shard petals onto the edges of the faces, like the color is leaking on to them. I would have liked to do it digitally because it was hard to match the exact colors of the piece with paint.

Interpretation of a scientific image by Eric Miller

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