self deprecating narcissism - an art journal

For my final major project I decided to keep an art journal called 'self deprecating narcissism'. My aim was to create honest and authentic work that is full of integrity. Every day I have been, and am continuing to, create journal entires depicting either my observations and things around me, or occurrences that happened that day, or portraying my thoughts, feelings and emotions.

Initially it may be hard to explain why anyone would be interested in my inner thoughts and feelings or care about my daily documentations, but if we look at films, t.v., books, music etc. , the things we are most drawn to in almost all forms of storytelling are the inner workings of human emotions. Humans are interested in sharing truths, telling secrets and we find comfort in relatable content, putting ourselves into the things we observe that other people have created. I want others to feel inspired by my open and honest documentations and find reassurance via my insanity.

I think 'self deprecating narcissism’ is a fitting title for the work I produce. 'Self deprecating’ can be defined as 'modest about or critical of oneself, especially humorously so’ and 'narcissism’ can be defined as 'excessive interest in or admiration of oneself…extreme selfishness with a grandiose view of ones own talents and a craving for admiration.’ The two terms may initially seem contradictory, but I believe it accurately describes what I am doing. My view of myself is often very self deprecating, which is translated into my art with a humorous approach, but there is also something narcissistic about my need and desire to constantly document myself and my thoughts.

Below is a selection of some of the work I have produced:

pen drawing

pen drawing and coloured paper

biro

pen drawing

pen drawing

pen drawing

pen drawing

watercolour and fineliner

highlighter, coloured paper and fineliner

coloured pencil and promarker

coloured paper, promaker, coloured pencil and pen

promarkers and fineliner

acrylic paint and pen

watercolour and pen

acylic paint

acrylic paint

acrylic paint

watercolour and pen

brown paper and pen drawing

brown paper, coloured pencil and pen

highlighter and fineliner

pen drawing

pen drawing

pen and biro drawing

pen drawing

pen and biro

watercolour and pen

pro markers, pen and coloured pencil

promarkers and biro drawing

biro drawing

pen drawing

pen drawing

collaged papers and pen drawing

coloured pencil

coloured pencil and pen

acrylic paint, pen and collaged text

promarkers

coloured paper and coloured pencil

pen drawing

paper bag and pen drawing

pen and coloured pencil

watercolour, pen and collaged text

pen drawing

pen and coloured pencils

coloured pencils

pen drawing

collage coloured paper and pen drawing

pen drawing

pen drawing

pen drawing

coloured pencil and pen drawing

pen drawing

coloured paper, pen and pencils

coloured paper, pen and pencils

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coloured paper, pen and coloured pencils

coloured paper, pens and pencils

coloured paper, pens and pencils

collaged coloured paper, pens and pencils

pen and coloured pencils

watercolour, pen and nail varnish

pen drawing

coloured pencils and pen drawing

crayons and pen drawing

pen drawing

pen and coloured pencils

collage with coloured paper and pen drawing

pen drawing

pen drawing

pen drawing

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