Today, someone asked me why the Logo/Symbol I us one my website and most social media sites is relevant to me and my work because it looks so random and bold compared to my usual detail focused portfolio.
The truth is that that particular symbol is actually really detailed in design rather than style. It doesn’t look like much, but within it you can find every letter of my name Michelle Jane Kowalczyk, the cancer sign which is also ironically the number 69 sideways and the shape of what could be two dragons chasing each others tails in an almost yin yang manner, because I tend to appreciate the balanced and symmetrical. So in fact the content is detailed… It’s actually something I thought up during my days of studying art at University. While I tend to paint mostly impersonal natural aspects of the world or emotive color abstracts, I actually have a rather possessive streak when it comes to my art. I use this extremely self representational symbol to literally tramp stamp every artwork I create. I use a custom designed wax seal to stamp every canvas and I use the symbol on most profile images. It’s like a representation of me hidden in bold marks. It’s even like me in personality… Bold, (personal motto being Balls and Sass) but within hidden detail that very few understand or get to experience behind that outgoing and polite exterior that is always smiling. Beneath the strong fluid easygoing facade, there are details that very few people get to know, partly due to my reclusive behavior, but also because beneath the surface I am a contradiction of details. So this symbol in effect is me.
Since very few people read this blog I’ll let you in on a little secret… I have a narcissistic streak in me that is so egotistical that I’ve even tramp stamped this symbol on my hip in a small discreet tattoo. If you think about it, I tattooed my own name on my body… Even I feel the urge to mock myself at that, but, since it’s not written script, anyone that sees it is oblivious to my hidden narcissism and it remains my dirty little secret. Of course… Now anyone who reads this will know as well, however as I tend to be a bit of a recluse who doesn’t wear low cut jeans, I doubt there’d be an occasion for any of you to notice and comment 😛