Life 101: Johanna (Print)
54 H x 42 W; framed, 62 H x 49 W x 3 D inches
Excellent. #6 in a series of 12.
Many years ago Andrew’s ex-wife asked him for a divorce and handed him a 10-page scathing letter on notebook paper. It was a list of Andrew’s shortcomings. Andrew wanted to absorb the content, but simply couldn't stop fixating on the spelling and grammatical errors. He wanted to correct it with a red pen and send it back to her with a bad grade. Then he realized grading a person on their life was an amazing and unusual idea...and the Life 101 series was born.
This series is a joint effort between Andrew and his subject. Once Andrew finishes the charcoal drawing, the subject is asked “what is your life grade”? Think about that for a second—it's not easy to answer. It usually takes time for the subject to give an honest, overall life grade.
Andrew then has a counseling / interview / interrogation session with the subject to get a personal assessment of what they believe to be their strengths and shortcomings. The comments and summary that follow are from the perspective of a teacher that is grading a test. The test is life.
The entirety of life is a process of learning. Without an unquenchable desire to grow our understanding of ourselves, we stagnate. We become comfortable with what we think we know. This kind of thinking is dangerous—which is what makes this series so powerful. These are specific portraits of subjects, but they tackle very universal problems about life. In your home (you interact with them, as do your guests), they are a reminder to learn more and perform better every single day.