100 Drawn Portraits in a Year: An Exploration of Identity

Nick Reszetar's avatar Nick Reszetar

Represented are 18 of the 100 portrait drawings I am creating as an exploration of the complexities of human identity. This is pursued through the searching and creative act of drawing. The drawings strive to represent the proper physiognomy and acute identities of the tremendous diversity of people I meet as a college art instructor. Though the repetitive nature of the grid serves to bind and unite the series, I am allowing myself a degree of experimentation with form. Degrees of intuitive abstraction, gesture, erasure, and re-creation become important aspects in mirroring the diversity represented. Finally, an encaustic seal is torched, carved and scraped into the drawings to shift surface quality and visual density. The way they are drawn is as diverse as those who are drawn. This portrait series will continue to grow, as I envision that it must be large in scale to become a regiment of human faces. Even as I look at the 30 I’ve made so far the most impactful part is how the eye jumps from face to face, scanning and seeing the complexities of individuality I have been working on. The ideas I'm generating for future and bigger work will spawn from the concepts and formal work in these. 100 portraits? Yes, but I doubt the form will stay entirely consistent as I create art beyond ArtPrize....

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 2 in.
  • Medium: Charcoal, mixed media and encaustic
  • Width: 9 ft.
  • Year created: 2014
  • Height: 5 ft.