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4D Project 1: Picture Story – Curating Self

Task 1: Me

When we were told to introduce myself through photos the very first thing that I thought was I am an Indonesian who has been studying in Singapore for several years and counting. So here I start!

My very first photo is about Indonesian food arranged in a box. They were put inside a box to show that they were not local and has been packed to Singapore. My photo was taken at medium close up with man focus on the ‘IndoMie’ at the center. I chose ‘IndoMie’ as it is a famous food from Indonesia that we can find in Singapore. Moreover, the food was arranged as such the front part are Indonesian medicine and herbal drinks, the middle part consist of instant food (instant noodle, instant porridge and instant cereal) and the last one to be Indonesian food that need to be cooked, like the beef jerky, salt and seasonings. This photo like showing different type of Indonesian food.

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Task 1 – Photo 1

The second photo is about Indonesian clothing of Batik. It was taken with medium long shot, a picture of me wearing a batik dress right to my wardrobe which is filled with other batik as well. It shows how I like to wear a Batik due to its pattern and comfortable material.

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Task 1 – Photo 2

The last photo for this task is an Indonesian flag among many other country’s flags. It’s showing my pride and love for indonesia, especially as an international country, Indonesia appear to be the only clear one for me.

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Task 1 – Photo 3

To conclude task 1, the message I want to say is that even though I have been in Singapore for many years, I still have my Indonesian spirit with me! 😀

Artist reference: Yasumasa Morimura’s artworks of “Daughter of Art History“, especially on Mona Lisa part where she focuses on one individu in one pose, yet she can bring out many different and new aspect her when she edited the photo. Just like her focusing on one individu to express many other things, my task 1 I am focusing on my nationality yet at the same time exploring many different aspect of it.

Task 2: Object and representation of self

The object I chose is my portable sewing machine! I have a very profound memory with it as I used many times when I was in the Orientation preparation team in JC and I found that I really enjoy sewing. The first photo is a full figure shot of the sewing machine. I chose the the front side as it gives the classical feeling a sewing machine. Somehow this angle gives a combination of old-styled object and modern model of the machine.

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Task 2 – Photo 1

The second photo is high angle of me putting the thread before the machine can be used. I want to show that I prepare the machine before using it.

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Task 2 – Photo 2

The last photo is a low angle photo of me using the machine. With one hand on the presser bar lifter and the other one holding the fabric, I show that I was about to start the sewing process. The shot also capture my smile which perfectly display my feeling when I am sewing.

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Task 2 – Photo 3

To summarize task 2, I want to portray that I enjoy sewing and I like my sewing machine so much. It has a deep meaning to me as it help me went through stressful period and because of the fact that it was given by a good friend.

Artist reference: Richard Billingham’s photobook “Ray’s A Laugh where he could perfectly show the relationship between his parents with very homey and warm background. It heartwarmingly tell the condition and feelings of them. I hope my picture which was also taken wiith warm colour can heartwarmingly portray the relationship between me and my sewing machine.

Task 3: My World

About the last task, I had a long time deciding which place should I go to. Honestly I didn’t really have any specific favorite place in Singapore as I like so many places! So I decided to choose the places where I have been spending most of my time in my last 5 years stay in Singapore, my hostels.

The first photo was about my very first hostel named Parry Hall in Kovan, which I stayed from November to December 2011. It was a short 2 months stay during English bridging course but the friendship there has left a great memory. One of the reason I chose to take the shot in the morning was that we always left by bus very early in morning. The photo was taken at taken in the early morning with extreme long shot.

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Task 3 – Photo 1
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Task 3 – Photo 2

The second photo was about my second hostel when I was studying in Anderson Secondary School from 2012 to 2013. The hostel name is Anderson Junior College Hostel in Ang Mo Kio and was taken on the afternoon. One of the reason I chose afternoon was that I used to come back from school in the afternoon. The photo was taken from low angle with extreme long shot.

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Task 3 – Photo 3

The last photo was about my third and last hostel before I went to NTU, St. Andrew’s Hall in Potong Pasir. I stayed there when I was studying in St. Andrew’s JC from 2014 to 2015. One of the reason I took the shot at night was that I went back to quite late to the hostel most of the time. The photo was an extreme long shot taken from low angle.

To conclude, personally task 3 is about places that have been my home since the time I came to Singapore in 2011. They all were equally significant to me in a way I cannot describe, each place has left different memorable memories. The timing of the photo taking was purposely planned to show the order of the hostels (early morning – afternoon – night). Also, it was because I spent most of my day there, literally from morning to night!

Artist reference: Luigi Bussolati series of “A Few Houses” in which he photographed different houses with different environment and timings. As most of his photos capture mostly the surroundings of the house, they really give out clue and feeling of the kind of house it is. I hope my photos can give out that feeling as well.

Finally, here is how my photos were arranged for the critique session:

Photos Presentation for Critique Session
Photos Presentation for Critique Session

So yeay! It marks the end of my Project 1 for 4D! Hope you enjoy it and have a nice day!

Project 1: My Line is Emo (Process)

Hi guys! Here is the process of my handmade emo lines!

1. LOVE – Obsession

LOVE - Obsession
LOVE – Obsession
LOVE - Obsession Process
LOVE – Obsession Process
  1. I used pieces of cut foam, put it under the paper and use the roller with thin ink to create the pattern. (image 1-4)
  2. I divided the paper into five parts and roll it with various rolling movement and ink content, e.g. roll the roller vertically/ horizontally/ diagonally with thin ink/ thick ink to get various effect. (image 5-7)
  3. I enhanced the level and brightness as well as contrast of the scanned image.

2. LOVE – Faithful

Love - Faithful
LOVE – Faithful
LOVE - Faithful Scan
LOVE – Faithful Scan
  1. I scratched the black paper to different direction to create the desperate and problematic effect and pasted a red paper behind it to enhance the effect.
  2. I sewed a calm pattern using white thread on the paper.
  3. Made the scanned image black and white, then multiply the sewed pattern to intensify the calmness and faithfulness.

3. LOVE – Jealousy

Love - Jealousy
LOVE – Jealousy
LOVE - Jealousy Scan
LOVE – Jealousy Scan
  1. I used a paper with mono-print pattern as the background then brush chinese ink with different pressure and various stroke direction to get the intended effect.
  2. Edit the scanned image to black and white, multiplied it to intensify the jealousy effect.

4. JOY – Complete

Joy Complete
JOY – Complete
JOY - Complete Process
JOY – Complete Process
  1.  I took black and white loom bands and paired each 2 of them. (image 1-2)
  2. I pen-knifed a black paper to create the vesica piscis pattern. (image 3)
  3. I match the black paper to find suitable monoprint patterns to be included. (image 4)
  4. I pasted the paired bands and created the final line. (image 5)

5. JOY – Pleasure

JOY - Pleasure
JOY – Pleasure
JOY - Pleasure Process
JOY – Pleasure Process
  1. I drew the outline pattern of Batik Sekar Jagad and cut it with pen knife. (image 1-3)
  2. I matched it with various monoprint to give individual effect on each part and created the final line. (image 4-5)

6. JOY – Optimism

JOY - Optimism
JOY – Optimism

SURPRISE - Eye-opener

    SURPRISE – Eye-Opener
  1. It was made from the image of SUPRISE – Eye-Opener (above), the process will be explained at number 7.
  2. The line was scaled down, multiplied and mirrored to create the pattern and final line of SURPRISE – Optimism.

7. SURPRISE – Eye-Opener

SURPRISE - Eye-opener
SURPRISE – Eye-Opener
SURPRISE - Eye-Opener Process
SURPRISE – Eye-Opener Process
  1. I cut line with different thickness from black tape and paste them randomly but diagonally. (image 1-2)
  2. I paste black rectangular black paper on top and trace it with white color pencil to create the reverse color effect due to the tape’s thickness. (image 3-4)
  3. I pasted different sizes of plastic eyes on top to finish the final line. (image 5-6)

8. SURPRISE – Revelation

SURPRISE - Revelation
SURPRISE – Revelation
FEAR - Hopelessness Scan
FEAR – Hopelessness Scan
  1. I used the same scanned image as for FEAR – Hopelessness (above), the process of making will be explained at number 17.
  2. Then I adjusted the level and brightness to create the intended revelation effect.

9. SURPRISE – Awestruck

SURPRISE - Awestruck
SURPRISE – Awestruck
SURPRISE - Awestruck Monoprints
SURPRISE – Awestruck Monoprints Scan
  1. I scan the monoprint and create 2 layers of it.
  2. I used one for background and one for the main object in the middle.

10. ANGER – Bitterness

ANGER - Bitterness
ANGER – Bitterness
ANGER - Bitterness Process
ANGER – Bitterness Process
  1. I did some experiment on coffee powder on paper. From left to right, coffee powder on paper, coffee powder on paper with addition of water, coffee powder on paper with addition of black water color paint. Then I tried to put the in microwave with intention to get a black effect, but nothing happened. (image 1)
  2. I prepared the paper and white glue, spread the coffee powder on it. (image 2-4)
  3. I gave some water and dried it with tissue paper as it was too wet.(image 5-7)
  4. Then I added black watercolor paint. (image 8-9)
  5. The scanned image is edited to black and white and adjusted to give more bitterness.

    ANGER - Bitterness Scan
    ANGER – Bitterness Scan

11. ANGER – Frustration

ANGER - Frustration
ANGER – Frustration
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ANGER – Frustration Monoprint Scan
  1. I did monoprint and use pencil at the back of the paper tho create doodles and random lines.
  2. I scanned the part I want and edit the level to adjust the effect.

12. ANGER – Aggravation

ANGER - Aggravation
ANGER – Aggravation
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ANGER – Aggravation Scan
  1. I created the monoprint using masking tape, cling wrap, rubber band, and thread.
  2. I scanned and cut out the desired part to create aggravation.

13. SADNESS – Alienation

SADNESS - Alienation
SADNESS – Alienation
SADNESS - Alienation Process
SADNESS – Alienation Process
  1. I painted staples (stapler bullet) and thumbtack with white acrylic paint. (image 1)
  2. After put a foam below a black paper, I stapled the staples randomly on the paper and closed the open ends of the staples. (image 2)
  3. I  pasted one white thumbtack to give the alienation effect. (image 3)

14. SADNESS – Monotonous

SADNESS - Monotonous
SADNESS – Monotonous
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SADNESS – Monotonous Process
  1. I created a stencil with the shape of a MRT. (image 1-2)
  2. The paper was prepared, I marked the line from 0600 to 2400 with a graph to indicate the peak hour time of MRT. (image 3)
  3. I tried using roller but the result was not as expected due as the stencil line was too thin. (image 4-6)
  4. I decided to use acrylic paint to create the MRT. Black paint indicate the presence of MRT (the darker, the more peak hour) while white paint indicate the absence of MRT ( the lighter, the more non-peak hour). (image 6-8)

15. SADNESS – Despair

SADNESS - Despair
SADNESS – Despair
SADNESS - Despair Process
SADNESS – Despair Process
  1. I simultaneously tore and cut white felt fabric to create a pieces with many wool coming out of it. (image 1)
  2. I prepared the paper by rolling roller with thin ink to give some light background. (image 2)
  3. Dipping a felt piece to black acrylic and brush it on the paper, I repeated the process until the desired outcome, scanned it and enhance the despair effect. (image 3-5)

16. FEAR – Horror

FEAR - Horror
FEAR – Horror
FEAR - Horror Process
FEAR – Horror Process
  1. I used hot wire foam cutter on white styrofoam at an non-perpendicular angle to create the melting and horror shape. (image 1)
  2. Using roller and thick ink, I colored the white paper to create the mystery and and uneasy effect. (image 2)
  3. I glued the styrofoam purposely with super glue as the glue will ‘eat’ some part of it, giving uneven thickness of styrofoam, enhancing the effect. (image 3)
  4. After scanned, the level was edited and the final line was created.

17. FEAR – Hopelessness

FEAR - Hopelessness
FEAR – Hopelessness
FEAR - Hopelessness Process
FEAR – Hopelessness Process
  1.  After preparing a white paper, I tore of masking tape to pieces then paste it on a cutting mat. (image 1-2)
  2. Then, I scratch it randomly with penknife. (image 3)
  3. I pasted it randomly on the paper, scanned it and edit the level. (image 4)

18. FEAR – Nightmarish

FEAR - Nightmarish
FEAR – Nightmarish
FEAR - Nightmarish Process
FEAR – Nightmarish Process
  1. I created a piece of hanging rope and cut it out. (image 1)
  2. I put the piece of cut rope under a white paper before rolling it with thin ink roller to capture the texture. I repeated the process until the desire effect. (image 2)
  3. I enhanced the effect by scanning it and adjusted the level.

Thanks for reading! I am making a hard copy for this in order to keep the handmades, will be updating this post soon. Hope you enjoy it 🙂

Project 1: My Line is Emo (Final)

My Final Emo Lines

Hi guys! So up there is my final lines for our 2D Project 1 – My Line is Emo 😀

Let’s briefly go through them one by one!

1. LOVE – Obsession

LOVE - Obsession
LOVE – Obsession

This line was inspired by Andy Warhol’s Shadows where he painted a single image 102 times with various light and shadow.

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Andy Warhol: Shadows

The repetitiveness of the image make me feel his obsession in it.
Hence, my line was made of a single pattern with different direction of roller and ink quantity. However, the shifting of paper cause the material to move around hence there resulted pattern is similar but not the same!

2. LOVE – Faithful

Love - Faithful
LOVE – Faithful

The background was made of paper being scratched by penknife while the front was white thread being sewed in a pattern. The background resembles the trouble and hardship in a relationship while the white thread represents a pure love that stays composed and faithful at all times.

3. LOVE – Jealousy

Love - Jealousy
LOVE – Jealousy

This line was inspired by Edvard Munch painting of Jealousy.

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Edvard Munch, Jealousy, 1895

On the painting there is the “dark aura” of the jealous man, hence I try to develop and extend the jealous aura to be the line.

4. JOY – Complete

Joy Complete
JOY – Complete

Inspired by Hilma af Klint, an abstract artist who used many symbols in her artwork.

Hilma af Klint, Courtesy of Stiftelsen Hilma af Klints Verk
Hilma af Klint, Courtesy of Stiftelsen Hilma af Klints Verk

One of the symbols she used many times was vesica piscis, it is the almond shape arising when two circles overlap and is an ancient symbol for the development towards unity and completion. Focusing on the vesica piscis, the line of complete was created.

5. JOY – Pleasure

JOY - Pleasure
JOY – Pleasure

The line was made inspired by Indonesian famous batik motif of Sekar Jagad, the word “Sekar” means flower while “Jagad” means the universe.

Batik Sekar Jagad
Batik Sekar Jagad

This motif contains the meaning of beauty so that others would be fascinated to see. Taking the definition of beauty which is “the quality or aggregate of qualities in a person or thing that gives pleasure to the senses or pleasurably exalts the mind or spirit”, I decided to choose pleasure as the emotion.

6. JOY – Optimism

JOY - Optimism
JOY – Optimism

The line pattern looks like rays of light coming in from tall windows. Resembling that there are light and hope out there, giving the message that there is always good side in everything and to be optimistic at all times.

7. SURPRISE – Eye-Opener

SURPRISE - Eye-opener
SURPRISE – Eye-Opener

The line is inspired by Ed Moses’ signature diagonal grids in the 1970s.

Ed Moses, A Retrospective of the Paintings and Drawings 1951 - 1996
Ed Moses, A Retrospective of the Paintings and Drawings 1951 – 1996

It was explained in the exhibition advisory that the grid pattern was associated with logic and order. As such, I am adding the opposite colour rectangle shaded with white pencils and craft eyes. These addition were meant to break the ‘order’ and give unexpected enlightenment, eye-opener!

8. SURPRISE – Revelation

SURPRISE - Revelation
SURPRISE – Revelation

Revelation means “an act of revealing or communicating divine truth or  something that is revealed by God to humans”. Inspired by “Revelation Illustrated” artworks, a series of paintings through the scripture message in the Book of Revelation of the Bible.

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Revelation Illustrated Paintings

Most of the paintings is identified by the one source of light (represents God) in a darker surrounding of different situations, making the God shining and be the centre of attention. Using such concept, my line is showing one source of light on the left side while the other parts are darker. It resembles God (the light) who is shining (revealing truth) among the darkness, a revelation.

9. SURPRISE – Awestruck

SURPRISE - Awestruck
SURPRISE – Awestruck

The focus on this line is the back pattern that can be seen as a face at a glance. The intense look and stiff face reminded me to Viracocha, a supreme god in the  Incan mythology.

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The Incan God of Viracocha

Also known as Huiracocha, Wiraqoca and Wiro Qocha, he was considered the creator god who formed the earth, heavens, sun, moon and all living beings. As such, the emotion is awestruck.

10. ANGER – Bitterness

ANGER - Bitterness
ANGER – Bitterness

Inspired by Cai Guo-Chiang’s gun powder paintings, I tried to create the lines using coffee powder then putting it inside a microwave.

Cai Guo-qiang, Homeland
Cai Guo-qiang, Homeland

However there was no visible changes hence I decided to add black watercolour paint to give a darker shade of colour (like explosion). Because of the pattern and coffee powder used, the emotion is bitterness.

11. ANGER – Frustration

ANGER - Frustration
ANGER – Frustration

The deep scratch done during the mono print process was to represent the feeling of being frustrated. The lines made is unorganised, random and very messy. It shows inability to do things clearly and disappointment of unsuccessful work, frustration.

12. ANGER – Aggravation

ANGER - Aggravation
ANGER – Aggravation

The line has many different elements which represents many things happening at once while the time is limited. It gives the feeling of urgency to do them, together with exasperation. And as the feeling is getting worse, it became aggravation.

13. SADNESS – Alienation

SADNESS - Alienation
SADNESS – Alienation

The one and only thumbtack between tens of staples on the paper represents the loneliness of the tack. Also, the contrasting shape different between circular wide thumbtack perfectly contrasts the small straight shape of staples shows the differences that may cause the feeling of not belong, alienation.

14. SADNESS – Monotonous

SADNESS - Monotonous
SADNESS – Monotonous

The line was made of a MRT Stencil. It was arranged from left to right to be time from 6 am to 12 am. The black colour represent the presence of MRT while the white means the absent of MRT. Using the time of peak hour and off-peak hour in Singapore, the darker the area the more crowded the MRT is (peak hour), vice versa. Since travelling is a daily routine for commuter, some may see it as something mundane and monotonous.

15. SADNESS – Despair

SADNESS - Despair
SADNESS – Despair

Pieces of white fabrics were dipped into black paint then used to etch a line on the paper before being pasted. The white fabric represents innocent and pure human while the black paint represents dark and deep problem in life which tinted the pure self while the etch shows the scar that those problems left behind. On the line, the pasted fabrics are means that the problems in life is not ending yet and the high quantity of it showing one’s despair.

16. FEAR – Horror

FEAR - Horror
FEAR – Horror

The pattern can be easily relate to horror and eerie feelings. It looks like the common representation of haunted places and dark caves. It can also be related to blood pouring down, giving the terror and alarm feeling, hence horror.

17. FEAR – Hopelessness

FEAR - Hopelessness
FEAR – Hopelessness

The pattern looks like scattered glass pieces. It resembles loneliness and the break of a life. It also can easily be related common movie scene in which the character is so stressed that they break the mirror, showing the depth of there depression. And many times, such scene ends with the character attempting suicide as they are really portrayed to be hopeless.

18. FEAR – Nightmarish

FEAR - Nightmarish
FEAR – Nightmarish

The line consists of many suicide hanging rope, being put as one like it was an arena to suicide. In a way, it represents hell where many deaths presence, as well as the existence of ghost and supernatural creatures. We stereotype them as bad and hence giving us negative feelings and emotions, not forgetting terrible nightmare!

So, those are my final lines! Will be posting the process soon, hope you enjoy it 🙂