Ready to wrap up! Here are the final 18 line works, mounted for submission:
Torment – severe physical or mental suffering
A brush was used to create repeating swirls to describe the feeling of being tormented by something. The few black patches represent the deep suffering ascribed to this emotion.
Panic – sudden or uncontrollable fear or anxiety, often causing wildly unthinking behaviour
A piece of sponge was used in this work. Black patches are placed amidst a dark grey background, to create a sense of being placed in a fog of war in the viewer.
Anxiety – a feeling of worry, nervousness or unease
Smooth, dark swirls on a grey background are used to illustrate the overthinking that would occur in someone suffering from anxiety.
Suffering – the state of undergoing pain, distress or hardship
A fork was used to create scratch marks that represent bloodied hands.
Uneasiness – lacking a sense of security
Using a paint knife, similar, repetitive marks were created. A stray, slanted mark shows a sudden change that describes uneasiness. The line is left incomplete to emphasise the lack of certainty.
Passion – an intense emotion, a strong feeling for something or someone
A lighter was used to create burn marks, illustrating how passion, while powerful, can also be damaging.
Fear – an unpleasant emotion caused by the threat of danger, pain or harm
White paint was used over a black background, to demonstrate the frequently used phrase “white with fear”. The feeling of fear would mask all other emotions being felt.
Enthusiasm – intense and eager enjoyment, interest, or approval
Strong and blocky shapes made using the brayer rollers are used in this example to illustrate the energy of an enthusiastic individual.
Alienation – being withdrawn or isolated from others
Made using an ink marker, a lone spot is placed in the middle of a space created by a line that splits apart, describing the sense of being alienated from others.
Bliss – perfect happiness, great joy
Leaves were used in this work to evoke a sense of calmness, which contributes to the sense of bliss.
Jealousy – an envious resentment of someone or something, for their perceived advantages
A paint knife was used in this work to create straight marks that appear like needle marks, showing how jealousy could feel like for an individual.
Contentment – a state of happiness and satisfaction
Broad marks were made using a brush, illustrating a sense of stability.
Optimism – hopefulness and confidence for the success of something
Alternating dark and white spaces are used to illustrate waves and the idea of “bouncing back” from a problem, hence describing optimism.
A strong black bar is used to denote the shock and surprise in this emotion, while the white space with patches of black describes the confusion that may occur.
Frustration – the feeling of being upset or annoyed as a result of being unable to change or achieve something
Black marks are used to evoke a sense of being uneasy with a situation. The sharp, straight marks represent an individual’s frustration at being unable to solve an issue.
Grief – intense sorrow, especially caused by someone’s death
On a strip painted black, sandpaper was used to create scratches that show the pain felt by someone who would’ve lost a loved one. Tears are made in the strip to emphasise this.
Hopelessness – feeling extreme despair
White paint is used to create a texture of ice and snow, as if the viewer is trapped in a cold, freezing environment where there is no hope of returning to civilisation, thus illustrating hopelessness.
Melancholy – a feeling of pensive sadness, typically with no obvious cause
Glue is used to simulate raindrops and marbling is used. The grey denotes the sadness felt and raindrops tend to evoke a less optimistic mood.