“Battle” by Arissa Dickison
Opening Friday, March 3rd, 2017
Dickison was Born in 1993 in a small town in New Jersey. It was her father that inspired her to start to study art at a young age. It all started when she won the fourth grade art award just like her father, brother, aunts and cousins had done before her. When it came to high school, she fell in love with the art of graphic design. Arissa then went off to Lycoming College to study commercial design and photography. Arissa graduated from Lycoming College in May of 2016 with a B.A of Photography and Commercial Design and stayed in the area to work on her photography.
While at Lycoming College, Arissa found what style of photography and art she liked to create. Most of her work shows the issues and stereotypes everyone deals with on an every day basis. Her work is created with hope to over come these issues in society.
Battle is a body of work that focuses on the constant inner struggle within oneself against society. Men and women are going through challenges in their everyday lives to overcome their self-conscious issues of not being good enough. Each day, people strive to be confident and be the best version of themselves.
The models are painted in different colors to express their own struggle and then photographed. The smoke manipulations are intended to create an illusion of the models overcoming their issues of the past.
The audience should leave understanding the fight against the past to become confident. The past is not defining, but strengthening and using the past to motivate oneself can help build inner confidence. Due to society and the media, we have become adapted to trusting someone else’s opinion, rather than our own. We are all trying to believe in and love ourselves. Men and women are learning how to become confident within themselves and finally breaking societal norms. In order to feel truly confident, we must be able to handle every part of our selves.