The Empty Glass

Elizabeth, Year 13

  • Painting
  • Oil paint on board
  • A1 portrait

This piece is an outcome from a set of photos that explores the concept of history trying to have an influential grasp on the 21st century. It is evident that the youth today are less interested in the past and its an undeniable impact on their lives. For the photos to express this, I incorporated mobile phones, headphones, and modern objects to signify the technological journey and changes in the way we live. The choice to create such a contrast with the 18th century attire helps to illuminate how classical portraiture has influenced me. The sheer elaborate design of the dress and hair along with the crystal glass highlights the change in fashion and society.