My name is Francesca Facciola. I am currently a student at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. I will be graduating in 2016 from the Fine arts Department, focusing on oil painting of the figure. I have always been fascinated on how no two humans look identical, but at the same time all share the same features. Humans have always been drawn to each other, by the way we act, the way we look, and the way we feel. Our skin holds all of these traits. It is our largest, most visible external organ. No matter how different we may look our flesh will always be the middle layer between the organic matter that makes up a human and the organic nature of our surrounding environments. I want to create a body of work that speaks to humans, that is relatable but very personal to the individual I am painting. I like to call my large scale oil paintings flesh fields. These landscapes of flesh hold reminders of whats going on beneath the surface, and also shows what has affected the skin from outside. As I try and recreate nature I notice how complex we are, but also how similar. I want to recreate those moments in the mirror where we examine our body, our flesh. Usually in a self critical way. We tend to stare at unwanted hair, blemishes, marks, scars ect. But I feel that we should celebrate that humanness. It's personal but also relatable. I hope to glorify what unites us as people.