After the initial stage of brainstorming, I moved on to the prototyping and construction phase of the project.
“A/An encouragement from the point of view of a lost soul is the driving force to rediscover his/her passion.”
The making of the “lost soul” installation.
To a ‘lost soul”, his heart is filled with emptiness. It is represented by the earth-liked gray surface from the model. Grey is a neutral color. It is to show that everything has come to a standstill, and his/her motivation to carry on has stopped. I used multiple colors of paint in the middle to create a fountain-liked effect. It is to show that with encouragement, a ‘lost soul” will once again find his direction. It will be like a spring of water emerging out from a piece of dry and forgotten land and turns it into an oasis.
It shows how important it was to be a believer in life. If you are keen on something, go for it and hold nothing back. Grasp it with both arms and love it. Above all, become passionate about it. Being lukewarm is never good enough. Passion is something that all of us possesses. It is napping, lingering and though unwanted, unbidden, it will open its jaws and roar. It will guide and tutor us. It will control us, and we embrace. It is the origin of our finest moments. The comfort of love, the agony of hatred or the ecstasy of heartbreak. It bleeds occasionally more that we can take. If we could survive without passion, maybe we will have peace. But our heart will be vacuumed. It will be filled with empty rooms, curtained and damped. Without passion, we will be truly dead.
“A/An encouragement from the point of view of a child is the incentive to keep on learning.”
The making of the “child” installation.
To a child, sweet is a magical source of joy and happiness. It brings smiles to them and makes them joyful. I feel this is also what encouragement is doing them when there are in the process of learning. Encouragement to them is like sweet, pushing them to perform to the best of their ability and at the same time unleashing their full potential. Therefore, I used sweets in my model to represent encouragement for children.
I feel that the biggest mistake in our current education system is trying to teach our children anything, and by using fear as the primary motivation behind it. Fear of making mistakes, fear of failing exams, and fear of not being able to keep up with the class. Interest can inspire learning on a scope compared to fear as a nuclear blast to a firecracker.
“A/An encouragement from the point of view of an introvert is the chance to shine.”
The making of the “introvert” installation.
To an introvert, living life is like wearing a mask. Only with the right interaction and effort, the mask will be crumbled and revealed the genuine essences hidden in it. Therefore, for the model on introvert, I constructed a broken mask with multiple colors of paint flowing out from the cracks. This helps to represent the process of an introvert opening up him or herself.
If you are an introvert, you want to be alone, find joy in purposeful connections, think before speaking up and examine before d. If you are an introvert, you flourish in the inner altar of the heart, mind, and soul, but dwindle in the external world of disarray, noise and drama.
As an introvert, you adopt to work behind the scenes, retain your strength and impact the world in silence yet compelling way. However at times in your life, you need to trust your guts and share your ideas as authoritatively as you can. If you don’t, you risk losing yourself and not fulfilling your dreams and passions.
“A/An encouragement from the point of view of a dreamer is the start of many possibilities.”
The making of the “dreamer” installation.
To a dreamer, he existed on his terms. He dreams, aspires and hopes. Sure, he can get down too. But it’s not about that. It’s not those moments that define him/her. It’s those times when he is looking forward, seeing that brighter future, and acting on it. For the model, I print out a self-took photo of the sky to indicate the urge to freedom for a dreamer. The addition of wooden dragonfly (竹蜻蜓) is to show the desire for the dreams to take flight under the right encouragement.
A dreamer is different his entire life. Some called him conflicting, wild, insane, and erratic, an apostate to the regulations of the bulk. He finds purpose in the madness. He does not allow others to dictate on how he/she should act or feel. He is focused on believing that he had the capability to change perspectives and ultimately the world. He does not care if anyone says he cannot make it.
“A/An encouragement from the point of view of an athlete is the reason why he/she still believes.”
The making of the “athlete” installation.
To an athlete, training is his stepping stone to success. For the model, I decided to create an abstract presentation of the hard work that an athlete go through during training. The gold paint represents the pride and honor he had inside her. The red paint represents the blood and sweat that he/she goes through every day. With active encouragement, the hours spent in training will be transformed into success.
An athlete must possess or coach himself, train himself in immense patience, which is to keep trying until it comes right. He must train himself in cutthroat intolerance. He needs to get rid of anything that is false no matter how much he might appreciate that page or that paragraph. He will know his direction until his sole option is to monopolize in what he genuinely shine in. He cultivates, utilizes in his one talent which nobody can conceivably subdue. Then, beyond the mass of criticism and rejection, the right people will recognize his gift and give him a stage to realize his talent and shine.
“A/An encouragement from the point of view of a designer is the catalyst to push on.”
The making of the “designer” installation.
To a designer, great ideas is what define him. His whole life is about finding the right idea and executes it in the right way. There will be times when he will be overwhelmed by challenges and starts to doubt himself. This is when a timely encouragement will do him a world of good.
A designer is a collector of stuff both abstract and absolute. He collects stuff with the same enthusiasm that a little child fills his pockets with candies and chocolate bars. He takes photos, makes notes and jots down feelings on tissues or newspapers, on envelops or sketchbooks.
He will be in a situation where he feels out of place or outcast because he cannot blend in with the crowd. He will be that person that stood out which makes him unique. This is something that he should harness. Being a black sheep gives you the license to do creative things in the most irresponsible manner.