Hidden in Plain Site
By// Julia Ahn
I used the artwork “Lady Jean” by George Bellows in my mashup artwork. In my mashup I incorporated a very popular shoe brand known as “converse”, and also replaced the face with a happier version. I mashed these two pieces up because in the portrait of the girl, the girl appears to be very uncomfortable and unhappy with the situation she is in. So, I decided to add in a girl who is just “hidden in disguise” that she is wearing the shoes that she feel most comfortable in, and is not afraid to show how happy she is.
The first thing I did for this mashup was examine the artwork of “Lady Jean” and see how I could change the artwork in a memorable way. Once I had figured out my idea, I traced the areas of which I was going to change with a pencil onto transfer paper. Then, I made my changes with a pencil. After that, I went over to the light box the trace my changes on to a piece if printing paper with a pencil. After I had finished tracing, I then went ahead and colored and outlines my drawing with prisma colored pencils and a sharpie to outline. Finally, I cut my pictures out using scissors, and then grabbed a camera, placed the replacing pieces over the picture, took a picture, and had a picture of my mashup.
In my mashup, the color of the face does not match the original skin color, but still creates a change of emotion. It makes the girl appear happier than she originally was, despite the difference. The emphasis in mashup is mainly the shoes, showing how this girl is from the twenty-first century even though she is dressed in very old clothing. The meaning of the picture is very different from the original, in the mashup it shows a girl who is happy with being herself, rather than being afraid of herself.