Shadow Self


Hollie Annesley


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Charcoal, white pen, acrylic

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Shadow Self is a self-portrait by Hollie Annesley based on Salvador Dali's movie "An Andalusian Dog" along with two of his paintings: The Dream and Allegory of an American Christmas. Shadow Self depicts the dark and sometimes scary subconscious aspect of self with heavy inspiration from Surrealism. An art movement from the late to middle twentieth century, Surrealist artists sought to release the unconscious mind in their works. Artists like Joan Miro, Rene Magritte, and Meret Oppenheim created significant work in the twentieth century that drew influences from Dadaism and Romanticism. As an artist very interested in the mind and human connection, Annesley’s work is successful in exciting the same uncomfortable nerve the Surrealists touched years ago. Hollie Annesley is an innovative and talented sophomore Art Education student from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, CO. She specializes in charcoal and graphite drawings. Much of her art revolves around the theme of self-exploration, self-reflection, and human connection.