Leia Marshall – La Verdad – O Que Você Não Pode Ver

Artist: Leia Marshall
Title: La Verdad – O Que Você Não Pode Ver
Grade: 11th grade
School: Bentley Upper School
Teacher: artwork created independently

This piece is a double self portrait and appears as if either side is being reflected in a mirror. Unfortunately, I don’t know how to do photo enhancement nor do I have Photoshop, so instead I created this piece using a free online program called Sketchpad App. The right side was the original and then I was able to reflect it using the photos app on my cellphone.

I have always been captivated by Frida Kahlo and I especially admire her quote, “Nunca pinto sueños o pesadillas. Pinto mi propia realidad.” The translation is, “I never paint dreams or nightmares. I paint my own reality.” I was inspired to create this piece as it highlights my own reality: I am the only one who sees my own scars, blemishes, and depths. To others, on the other side of the “veil”; this depth is lost unless you look very closely and – in a nod to our current social atmosphere – my brown skin is what you will likely notice first. Regarding the title, “La Verdad” is once again inspired by Kahlo. The other part, “o que você não pode ver” (“what you can’t see”), is yet another nod to a part of me that usually remains hidden. Most of the people who know me don’t know that I speak Portuguese and that I have very personal ties to the language.