Brackenwood Gallery

A gallery on Whidbey Island, WA representing the very best in fine arts and crafts from the pacific northwest.

What is the story behind the painting?

This is a photo of Aleah Chapin in front of one of her paintings entitled “Introspection”. This painting has garnered a great deal of interest and speculation by viewers so I decided to ask Aleah just how she came to paint herself facing backward? There had to be a story about this image and I, and others were curious about what it was. Here's what Aleah had to say about "Introspection"...

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“The story behind the painting "introspection" isn't so much a story, but a state of mind that I was in. I was nearing the end of the first semester in school in NYC. I was feeling pressure (perhaps put on myself, by myself) to perform and make something "brilliant", beautifully painted, different from anything I have ever done or has b

een done, powerful, meaningful and intelligent. I spent hours trying to think of something that would fit all this criteria and still be true to who I am. All night I took photos of myself and by the end of the night I felt bogged, suffocated and lost. I had painted my face too many times and I was tired of it. But it had to be a self-portrait. Finally, in desperation at the end of the night, I decided to take photos of myself exactly how I was feeling at that moment. And so I leaned, collapsed and fell against the white wall. 

Sometimes my mind gets too full of ideas; my own and the millions of other artists before me. I get stuck. This painting was my way of getting un-stuck. Letting go of all the pressure to be "perfect" and just try to be honest with where I am in my art and life at that moment. Sometimes we need those moments of introspection to be able enter the world again.” 

I am grateful for the experience that pushed Aleah to try something different. The outcome is a lovely yet thought provoking piece of art. Come in and see it if you haven’t had the opportunity!

 

 

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