Faces in The Crowd Series

In Panama it’s easy to stand out when having natural hair. Especially when the norm is to change and manipulate afro textured hair using chemicals. It’s interesting to see how different styles are being adopted/ embraced and the way women and men are finding their own sense of identity through their hair.
These small portraits were created with the intention of addressing questions I still have about hair and personal identity and how others view the chosen hairstyle. Questions about beauty canons, what is perceived as acceptable in a “professional” environment, “exotic” hairstyles and other situations come up as well.

 

Faces in The Crowd Series
Faces in The Crowd Series, graphite on paper, 5 x 6 in
Faces in The Crowd Series
Faces in The Crowd Series, graphite on paper, 5 x 6 in

Currently Working On …

I’ve been working on small… mini portraits of black men and women exploring different features and hairstyles. There will be quite a few of them and I will share some more information on them in a few. In the meantime here’s an image of the first one.

Faces in the Crowd No.1
Faces in the Crowd No.1, graphite on paper

Helping Those in Need Through Art

Helping those in need through art. 15% of every artwork purchased will go to “Nutre Hogar”, a private organization here in Panama created in 1988 by Monseigneur Romulo Emiliani and a group of volunteers to prevent severe malnutrition in children in the most impoverished communities in the country. The organization’s health, nutrition, sanitation and environmental protection programs benefit more than 5,000 preschoolers and their families daily at a national level. 


Your purchase will help many children and families have healthier food options that would otherwise be difficult to have access to.

Please visit my online store here: http://gianadedierstudio.tictail.com/ As pieces are sold, new ones will be added to the store.

EldersCollage

New Website Coming Soon

I’ve been using this blogging platform for a bit over a year to publish my process and progress with my artwork. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to do it in a consistent basis. I’ve taken some time to get organized, really think about the path I wish to take and how I wish to travel that path. So the time has come to move my work to a space I hope allows me to be share more often and build relationships with those who choose to tag along.

I’ll be sharing the website link soon and hope those of you have been reading my posts so far come and visit often.  In the meantime you can visit my Facebook page to see what’s new.

Sketchbook drawings (2014), Giana De Dier
Sketchbook drawings (2014), Giana De Dier

In Retrospect: Seeds

Early last year I planted some tiny little seeds. The bloomed weeks later producing beautiful and colorful portraits which I really enjoyed working on. This was a personal project I would really like to expand on sometime soon, not only as graphite portraits but with other mediums as well.
These works were inspired in the Panamanian conga pollera. Beautiful, strong and colorful part of our Isthmian heritage and folklore.
The following posts will take you through the process of creating this series.
Seeds - Work in Progress
Seeds – Work in Progress
Seeds - Work in Progress
Seeds- Work in Progress
Seeds (II) - Giana De Dier
Seeds (II) – Giana De Dier

 

In Retrospect: Images of Black Women

As I re-imagined and re-interpreted how portraits are presented and how I communicated the faces that inspire me, I began to experiment with colored paper and colored pencils. The images which resulted in this were six small portraits of women with different hairstyles, different features and different energies. Similar in essence to the Portraits of Black Women series I look into how we identify as black women and how those identities are presented to others.

To read the original post and see the complete series you can click here.

Images of Black Women (IV)
Images of Black Women (IV)
Images of Black Women (I)
Images of Black Women (I)
Images of Black Women (III)
Images of Black Women (III)