Rohan writes in the descripton of the “What Is Art?” Facebook group:
Art doesn’t have to be snobby and exclusive – we each have our own ideas about what is and isn’t art. Tell us what YOU think art is by submitting a picture, a poem, a story – anything! – along with a sentence or two telling us why you think this is art.
At his insistence I sent him a picture I had “drawn” some years before.
I’m not sure if I’m necessarily an artist or if this is necessarily ‘art.’ However I like it. I ‘drew’ it in the early 2000′s when I was living in Sydney. It is one artist’s rendition of Sophie B. Hawkins who is – and has been for many years – a great hero and source of inspiration to me. At the time I had been dabbling with little cartoon like figures using nothing more than photoshop and a mouse. I made a remark about wanting to draw Sophie to a friend. I had all but given up in my attempts when I dabbled a bit further and came up with what you see here. To me, even with my shaky mouse hand and amateur art skills, it really encapsulates her innate beauty and sexuality. I love how unpertubed and unafraid she seems in the rendering, as if the world was really hers – perhaps hers alone – to conquer. I like the basic colours. I like the slight variations on shades to create depth and interest and a sense of shadow. I love how her face, hair and features are carefully defined with a black outline and yet somehow her neck just blurs into the ether and into the background.
Eerily – and this is something I hadn’t considered until this moment – I had the opportunity to meet and photograph her years later. I remember now that in our first “meeting” at a JB Hi-Fi store in Sydney that she actually closed her eyes to sing in a few places. And I was there taking photographs with my first camera – a little Kodak thing. It was so surreal.