Self-Destruction (erased), 2016

Overview

Self-Destruction is a project focusing on the ruination of self-portraits in a collection of different mediums. Erasure is the act of removing something from existence. It’s a great way of destroying something as it removes all evidence of it ever existing. With these pencil sketches the use of erasure felt the necessary act of destruction. However, erased pencil leaves a sort of watermark –faded memory or the essence of something once was there.

Self-Destruction

[self-di-struhk-shuh n]

n. the destruction of oneself or one's life.

Example: 'She was afraid of not being enough; not good enough, not smart enough, not pretty enough. So she fell through the acts of self-destruction. Passively allowing opportunities to pass by, not valuing her worth, sabortaging relaionships, avoiding social interactions, hiding her emotions and refusing help until soon she was a shell of herself. And the damage was done.'

Self-Destruction Workbook

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