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
This line was inspired by Andy Warhol’s Shadows where he painted a single image 102 times with various light and shadow.
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
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
This line was inspired by Edvard Munch painting of Jealousy.
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
Inspired by Hilma af Klint, an abstract artist who used many symbols in her artwork.
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
The line was made inspired by Indonesian famous batik motif of Sekar Jagad, the word “Sekar” means flower while “Jagad” means the universe.
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
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
The line is inspired by Ed Moses’ signature diagonal grids in the 1970s.
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
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.
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
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.
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
Inspired by Cai Guo-Chiang’s gun powder paintings, I tried to create the lines using coffee powder then putting it inside a microwave.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 🙂