In psychology, there is a theory called the Halo Effect in which one of a person’s qualities or skills influences us to attribute other characteristics to the individual. Though the attributions can be both positive and negative, there are circumstances in which such cognitive bias can distort the truth.
Pablo Picasso is a widely celebrated artist who is accredited with the innovation of art forms and styles such as cubism. Praised for his use of color, shape, and layers, Picasso’s personal life deviated from what society deems as acceptable. Among his many contentious lifestyle choices, infidelity only touches the surface.
At the age of 45, the married artist began an affair with Marie-Thèrése Walter, a seventeen year-old girl who served as a mistress and a muse to Picasso. Eight years into their affair, Walter became pregnant with Picasso’s child. Upon this circumstance, the artist’s wife pursued a divorce, which he refused to grant, though he continued to maintain numerous affairs. Despite his contrastive lifestyle, Picasso’s controversial choices were ignored by his public.
Obscurity is a compilation of paint swatches arranged to create a pixelated image of Picasso. The literal ambiguity between the shades and overlap of color is a representation of the multi-faceted personality of the artist. The distortion of the image reflects the perversion and immorality that was masked by his artistic talent.
Throughout the process of my project, I was reminded of the diligence, the patience, and the precision that artists possess.
Similar to the process of writing, (a much more comfortable medium for me), the project often required me to shift focus and readjust components to achieve a successful composition.
The class taught me the value of teamwork and flexibility. It was a great learning experience to work with the team, bounce ideas off of one another, and be partially responsible for each other’s overall success in the show.
People’s reactions to my piece were mixed. Overall, it was evident that even though I have a deep appreciation for art, I myself am not artistic. The class and my project have reinforced my respect for artists and their ability to bring ideas to life with their hands and strong work ethics. I look forward to incorporating all that I learned into my public relations concentration.