William Thompson

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William Thompson
My work is an attempt to document, in a very honest way, feelings or emotions that are experienced from a life devoted to solitude and introspection. The use of self-imagery in many of my pieces helps to further reinforce this idea. The closely cropped format serves to eliminate all areas surrounding the figure, giving greater attention and emphasis to a particular gaze or body gesture which expresses these emotions most clearly. Individuals who are chosen for portraits are selected on the basis of specific personality characteristics that they posses, which I either admire greatly, find very beautiful, identify with in some way, or look for within myself. In this way they can be looked at as self portraits. It is also an attempt to break down defensive walls that most people carry with them in order to protect themselves from being hurt. I try to move past this barrier, if only for a moment, and find something very honest and sometimes vulnerable in the sitter, where composure is lost and true feelings are able to surface. The series entitled “Cycles” is an attempt to step outside of this state of isolation into that of interpersonal relationships. It mainly deals with how idealized preconceptions about relationships, and patterns of behavior (formed from a life devoted to solitude) may effect the ability to fully connect with another person. The 'Euphoric Rage' series is an attempt to capture the emotions that surface during the making/performing of punk based music, and the overall feelings that this music evokes (both in the listening and performing). It's a balance between severe anger and a strange sense of peace/calm (a state I seem to permanently find myself in). I wanted to focus less on who these musicians are as icons, and instead see them as individuals who most intensely exemplify the state of being.