So after weeks of deliberation, I finally settled on a theme for IB Art: Human Superficiality.
This, my most recent piece, helped me along the path to making that decision. Basically, the idea around this painting is that intimacy, which is generally considered the most 'true', 'real' action that humans are capable of, rarely involves a true depth of emotions in this society. One night stands, random hookups, and even many relationships are interwoven with superficiality and misconceptions.
The two people are supposed to look like dolls, made of shiny plastic or silicone, and the red lines on their faces are supposed to appear like seams, showing that their appearances--or the way they come off the each other--are erroneous and superficial, and moreover, that their shared intimacy is also artificial.