Project Words

My ongoing project Words is about people and words they choose to describe their lives. I draw a simple charcoal portrait (29 x 42 cm) of a person and ask them the same two questions:

  • Who are you?
  • Which words would you use to describe your life?

I am interested to see how a whole life of a person can be simplified to basic words carrying all the meaning; to see what type of words the person chooses and how it reflects on their personality. If anyone would like to take part in this project, send me a message. I would like to have as many portraits of people and their words as possible …

Stephen

Stephen

Stephen (66 years old)

Who are you? Privileged; BabyBoomer; Art Dealer; Father

Which words would you use to describe your life? Resolved; Fortunate; Content; Striving

Caroline

Caroline

Caroline (66 years old)

Who are you? Caroline; Mother; Daughter; Friend; Retired; Ex-Colleague; Organised; Untidy; Listener; Calm; Kind; Jealous at times; Insecure at times; Content

Which words would you use to describe your life? Secure; Supported; Fortunate; Calm; Ordered; Undramatic; Happy

Franz

Franz

Franz (27 years old)

Who are you? Vulnerable; Brave; Loved; Reckless; DayDreamer; Traveller; Old Fashioned; Enthusiastic; Gypsy

Which words would you use to describe your life? Mutating; Ethereal; Spiritually Awaken; Hungry for Spontaneous Adventures

Luke

Luke

Luke (43 years old)

Who are you? Calm; Distracted; Free; Organised

Which words would you use to describe your life? Social; Musical; Drifting; Watery

Codrin

Codrin

Codrin (44 years old)

Who are you? Lone-Wolf; Vagabond; Peaceful; Suave; Light; Patient

Which words would you use to describe your life? Hectic; Imaginative; Spontaneous; Sweeping-the-star-dust; Fascinating

Alena

Alena

Alena (34 years old)

Who are you? Water; Rock; Sister; Palm; Soft; Hard

Which words would you use to describe your life? Barn; Water Spring; Forest; Horizon; Orchard; Chapel; Linden Tree

Zuzana

Zuzana

Zuzana (33 years old)

Who are you? Seeker; Searcher; sometimes Finder; Player; Gambler; often Loser

Which words would you use to describe your life? Questions; Experiment; Direction; Impatience; Tickle; Connection; Spinach

Mike

Mike

Mike (28 years old)

Who are you? Mike; Bubbly; Light; Curious; Weird; Silly; Adventurous; Excitable; Labrador; Friendly

Which words would you use to describe your life? Complicated; Misadventures; Odd; Exciting

Kamila

Kamila

Kamila (29 years old)

Who are you? Polish; Young; Girl; On Fire; Risk taker; Impatient

Which words would you use to describe your life? Exciting; Challenging; Positive; Changing

Victoria

Victoria

Victoria (25 years old)

Who are you? Brazilian; Photographer; Friend/Sister; Feminist; Apprentice; Thankful; Myself

Which words would you use to describe your life? Crazy; Blessed; Curious; Happy; Beautiful; Loving; Giving; (In)tense; Transforming; Pleasurable; Wise; Tough; Fun; Resistance

Catharina

Catharina

Catharina (27 years old)

Who are you? Catharina; Powerful; Naive; Woman; Witch; Unsure; Artist; Healer; Messy; Beautiful; Overthinking

Which words would you use to describe your life? Changing; Volatile; Metamorphosis; Learning; Healing; Creating; Communicating; Loving

Sean

Sean

Sean (41 years old)

Who are you? Programmer; Designer; Dancer

Which words would you use to describe your life? Eat; Sleep; Create

Andrei

Andrei

Andrei (50 years old)

Who are you? Inspiration; Impulso; Intensity

Which words would you use to describe your life? Chaotic; Changing

Kuba

Kuba

Kuba (25 years old)

Who are you? Man; Gay; Personality

Which words would you use to describe your life? Love; Happiness; Friends; Fun; Work; Depression

Matej

Matej

Matej (14 years old)

Who are you? Human

Which words would you use to describe your life? Dogs, Animals, Food

Bara

Bara

Bara (28 years old)

Who are you? Fighter

Which words would you use to describe your life? A swing

Eliska

Eliska

Eliska (21 years old)

Who are you? Student; Book lover; Human; Extrovert

Which words would you use to describe your life? Overthinking; Fear; Hunger; Literature

Marc

Marc

Marc (37 years old)

Who are you? Urgency and patience; Underestimation; Itchy for Experience; Slow; Honesty

Which words would you use to describe your life? Disappointment; Depression; Optimism; Rules; Chaos