Behind My Smile by Luke Morgan
Medium: Oil on board
Size: 406 x 305 x 38
An examination of our inner thoughts, the work aims to reflect on mental health and our personal wellbeing. Our facial expressions, demeanour and actions are regularly used to hide our true thoughts and feelings as a way of maintaining civility and conforming to what is deemed socially acceptable.
The three distinct layers of the portrait, the text and finally the foremost layer of textured polka dots that hover above the main elements of the artwork, invite the viewer to consider what is under the surface. The mirrored text symbolises how our thoughts can be flipped and twisted; a distorted view of reality as we can often be overly critical of our own thoughts and actions.