Isabela Weeks

Untitled, 2018 Acrylic on paper 11"x11"

A Documentation, 2017 Acrylic on paper 16"x18"

Insomnia, 2018 Acrylic on paper 11"x11"

Out of Body, 2018 Acrylic on paper 11"x13"

Self Portrait, 2017 Acrylic on paper 54"x48"

Koolaid, 2017 Acrylic on canvas 24"x28"

Artist Statement

I consider all of my paintings to be self portraits. Not because I am physically depicted in them necessarily, but more so because they are depictions of feelings that I have about myself and the external forces that I find myself interacting with. It is a critical analyzation, but often times the delivery is satirical or surreal. In much of my work, I have strived to create a concrete narrative. More recently, I have been experimenting with the use of surreal imagery to capture my feelings about situations rather than try to tell a story with a scene. Some major themes that I find myself coming back to are existentialism, anxiety, awkwardness, dystopian imagery, millennials, and empathy. When making work, I often find myself attempting to answer questions that I have. These questions vary from work to work. What are the opinions that I have in regards to the activities that I partake in? How can I capture certain feelings that I have in a way that is engaging? What causes my anxiety? How can I utilize feelings of anxiety of disillusionment in a way that is relatable? What makes me me excited about making work, or rather, what changes can I make to be excited about making work?