Assignment 3: EGO WIP+ FINAL

For this final project for semester 1, i feel that it was generally a really self-exploration one where I had to think of putting myself in various setting and how i react to it. After brainstorming in the first week, i decided to play with time. Basically in the different settings:
1) How TIME passes slowly
2) How TIME passes very fast
3) How TIME stops in my head
4) Me thinking of  where did all the TIME go to.

So, I came out with 4 different settings first:

  1. Where time passes slowly when I’m in a place where there is many people/strangers and I don’t know how or who to interact with, thus, being an introvert, I would tend to be very awkward and thus not knowing what to do in such situations but just hope that time passes by quickly so I could escape from this setting.
  2. Time passes by so fast when I’m overseas travelling. I am a person who really likes outdoor adventures and being in a new environment overseas. Thus, whenever i am overseas, time passes super quickly.
  3. Time stops in my head when I am day-dreaming. I get distracted very easily to the point where i could just stare into space and be in my own word even when I am doing work. I just feel that there is a moment where time actually stops and I will be pretty much oblivious to my surroundings.
  4. For the last setting, I think it is pretty common how some nights when we go to bed, we just tend to look back at our lives and sometimes just thinking of where did all the time go to. I personally tend to overthinking in such settings and the sudden realisation that I lost track of time due to busy schedules in my daily life.

Then, i moved on to thinking about how i should do the “ME” part of the equation, whether to do 4 different sides of me or to have 4 “Me’s” combined together to form one ME. Initially, i wanted to do a portrait of me but cut into 4 squares, but it was really quite hard to crop of just my face and to make it so long in length wise. Thus, after wrecking my brain for the longest time, i decided to show how i grew as time goes by and how i am who i am today. The four squares would be a whole picture that represents ME as a whole. So for the extreme bottom square, it is the young me and the now me lying on the ground with our legs leaning against the wall, looking up. Then for the second and third box, there are all my emotions as i grew up, which depicts faces of different colours which represents different emotions. Next, paper-cuts of patterns that has a face and curves in it hooks together to form a big figure of a persons eyes and mouth on the first box. It shows how through different emotions of mine through my younger self and how, made me grow into who i am today.

This is just my draft of the first three boxes without the paper cuts yet! Yeah, i wanted to portray it like that. The final one will be shown at the bottom! 🙂

Lastly, for the equals part of all the 4 equations, it was the hardest to think of how i want to show my reaction towards the 4 different settings.
Still trying to stick to the paper cutting, i decided to go with it throughout the 4 compositions as well, such that there will be a little pop-up effect for all of them. I did it mainly because i really love paper cuts and i enjoy doing them, hahaha but it was a tedious process.


basically a picture that sums up my work in progress hahahah. Honestly, i was trying to get the concept right first before proceeding with my work! 🙂

Moving on to my final project, this is all 12 compositions:


Starting with the Me part on the extreme left column, i made use of analogous colours.


This basically show the young and now me looking up on all the different emotions and growing from to the top part where the paper cuts hooks together to form a bigger me.

These are the composition of the 4 different settings:


The first setting is a place where there is a crowd, filled with many people. Not sure if it’s visible here but there are actually a few humans popping out from the top left, right, center and bottom left and right! I made use of split complementary colours for this composition


The second setting is the well-known Cinque Terre in Italy. I took this picture recently during my holiday and I edited the picture as there were green parts on the photo which is too “attractive” to the eyes. I removed the colour of the sky as well as I wanted to create an analogous harmony as well for this 🙂


This is the edited picture before adding the white paper cuts on top of the waves 🙂


The third setting is a dreamy place when I am daydreaming, i made use of monochromatic theory on this and i added the silver paper beneath the picture i took when i was overseas as well hahah. I wanted to show more dimension to the picture such that its feels like when i am staring in space, it is another world to me.


This is the last setting where it is a picture of a bed, it is actually lighter but not sure why its so dark in this. I made use of analogous colours as well for this.

Finally going on to the my reaction towards the settings (which i honestly like the most and spent the most time on these 4 compositions!!!)


Me + a crowded place with a lot of strangers = Me drowning in a sea of people where i want to hide my face to avoid the awkwardness of interaction with random people.
Thus i made use of a plastic bag to cover the face, and the overlapping of different shades of blue to create the sea.
Thus during this situation, time passes very slowly.
This is both monochromatic and analogous theory used in a way. 🙂


Me + Traveling to different places = Feeling very free and relaxed just like how a mermaid is feeling happy and free underwater water

This is the hardest composition to think of as i do not have any idea how to show happiness as a paper cut illustration… Then, i thought that since my other three reactions made use of an illustration of me, i wanted to include a person in this particular composition as well to complement the others. Therefore i chose a mermaid as a representation.
Also, when i am happy and enjoying life when travelling, time passes the fastest.
I made use of the analogous colour theory for this.


Me + a dreamy place = Me climbing up the ladder to my own world.
Again, i made use of analogous colour for this, yellow,green and blue. To depict me climbing up to another dimension such that the time stops in the real world as i am day-dreaming.

Me + My bedroom(the bed specifically) = My head on the pillow with my brains protruding out.

This is an emphasized composition where the pillow is actually represented by a weighing scale such that the scale is exceeded from the heaviest weight due to the heavy thoughts at night just before bed. Thus, it shows the emphasis on my brains that is over thinking, which results in my head getting so heavy that the “weighing scale” aka the pillow is exploding as seen from the cracks depicted.
This is the scene where i would lie on my bed just before i sleep and think, where did all the time go to.

Analogous colour is used as well for this composition. 🙂

Overall, my 4 equations uses mainly analogous colours which i know i have repeated it a lot of times on top 😛 I didn’t want to use too bright of a colour or too many different colour theories in the different composition as i want each equation to flow smoothly and not with the sudden burst of colours then the lighter tones of colours. Also, all of them revolves around the time I spent.



Final work!!!! :))


Awkward meeeeee (:

Comments from my classmates

Lastly, I really enjoyed this final project as i feel that it is very interesting and fun, although the thought of what colours to use was very tough at first cause there is really too much you can do with colours. I am pretty satisfied with this work but of course improvements can be made such that the composition of the bed and the last me part was too flat in comparison to the rest of my composition. However, i was afraid that my work would not look like a whole work done by one person but i guess it somehow did flow and I’m truly thankful for it hahahah.

Also, i think everyone did a really good job in their work as well!!!! Its seriously all super good and i liked them a lot!!! Looking forward to more Joy’s lesson with this bunch of amazing friends next sem!!! 🙂

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Author: Chia Te

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