I've been exploring the idea of using blindfolds in my art for several years now. There are so many ways of looking at the symbolism of what it could potentially mean.
Of course, there's the literal type blindness where a person does not have the physical ability to see. But that's rarely what I'm referring to when I portray a person with a blindfold.
Sometimes people are "blind" to events happening around them, often because of the devious nature of another person or because of a larger event at hand. Sadly, this usually ends with some sort of revelation that may or may not be a positive experience. That's not what this self-portrait is about.
Sometimes a person chooses not to see something. In these cases, perhaps they simply don't want to admit or accept a certain truth. Or maybe they're just too stubborn in their beliefs or opinions to see any other point of view. This is clearly a form of blindness! And no, this is not at all what this drawing is about either.
Sometimes a person blinds themselves to things, or people, or events that really don't matter or could even be potentially harmful to them. I suppose that psychologically speaking, this is nothing more than a form of self-defense.
But when it comes down to it, this self-portrait is all about a guy who is madly in love with a girl. And there is no other woman who could even compare in his eyes. And he wants nothing more than to hold on to that girl for the rest of his life...
#321 September 6, 2011, Pen