This photograph was taken this morning as I worked on something else. I’m working at home and my blinds have these little spaces that create interesting shadows on my walls and on my face.
I decided this would look interesting for the more than a sugar coating series and snapped a photo. Of course my house has house things in it and I decided to photoshop them away and add a few more shadows. In the final piece I will work on those shadows a tiny bit before printing and working on them.
The whole More than a sugar coating comes from the following story that I wrote:
Girl, look at me.
Once I was young and l dreamed, like you. My head and heart were filled with dreams – fantasies that I carried around like the queen’s jewels.
Learn from me girl. Go out and make a beautiful reality with your dreams, don’t just keep them inside.
Girl, please, look at me.
Know that you can’t rely on your external beauty for happiness. It’s like a sugar coating on a gumball. It wears off, leaving behind something bland and tasteless. Make sure you’re a bon bon and not a gumball. Make sure that you are more than just a sugar coating with nothing interesting inside.
Why will you not look at me, girl?
My memories are there, lining my face and shining in my eyes. I lived my life. I loved life. Make sure you live a life you love.
Take a good look at me girl, and learn. The truth is there even if you don’t want to believe it.