Medium: graphite, charcoal, colored pencil, alcohol ink, acrylic and embellishments
“Dorothy” uses the narrative of Baum’s The Wizard of Oz, to explore the theme of confronting change. Our heroine’s familiar world is being violently uprooted. Although she is distressed, when we look at the broader composition, we can see that she aims her gaze towards the Emerald City, where she will ultimately find her way home. As adolescence is the most extreme period of change for many people, I thought it was fitting to have the work portray the character of Dorothy, who gains maturity through her own hero’s journey.
Change is a dichotomous force. While in the midst of it, it is remarkably destructive. However, by destroying what we knew, change presents us with the opportunity to experience a new reality. Ultimately, it is our own courage and resilience that determines the nature of change.