Expressing Visual Emotions

Emotions are a state of mind, usually a subjective interpretation of how man reacts to his surroundings. Which makes the human species unique like no other.

Cheerfulness. Happens in short bursts of energy, when cluttered together, it forms an internal combustion of positivity, hope and contentment.

Materials includes black chinese ink with dish washing soap. The technique of blowing this mixture at the end of a straw reminds me of my childhood days of blowing bubbles. Bubbles are symbolically transient with beautiful qualities.

Lust. Hot, dripping wet passion in the spur of the moment, becoming lost in one’s desire. Materials include chinese brush, chinese ink and candle wax.  The technique of first dripping wax on news print paper randomly, followed by painting the chinese ink over to give contrast surrounding the wax, remaining ink was then merged onto the drip motif.

Envy. That jealousy that exists in our mind, needless worry that stems from our human nature for being greedy. The accumulation of abstract forms that build on to each other, it’s obvious when it’s big, however the source starts small.

Materials include chinese ink and dish washing soap. Technique wise, everything is combined in a bag with some water and the straw is inserted inside and bubbles are blown, the sounds resemble envy that is constantly a build up before a huge clump of bubbles form and pasted onto paper.

Disappointment. A whole piece that has broken down into smaller pieces, just like high expectations that never made the cut. A fragile piece of glass, strong on it’s own, but after impact, it is not as strong. Medium included chinese ink and candle wax with a horse hair brush. The brush was dipped with wax, quickly but swiftly spreading the it over the paper, then a fresh layer of black chinese ink is painted over. Finally heat is administered behind the paper over the waxed parts, revealing the empty white spaces that resembles glass shards.

Nervousness. This uncontrollable feeling of anxiety which we try to control but fail to do so, hesitant yet willing emotions fly from one end to another, intersecting and colliding, making one’s mind a mess. Medium was chinese ink and applied with a horse hair brush; in swift but stopping motions, lines fade in and out, the uncertainty that bites us at the back of our minds.

Disgust. Something wet, gooey and unknown that horrifies us to never touch it. Blotches of black oblivion is repeated in random sequences and as the rolling pin removes and adds the remaining paint onto the paper, it recreates a random textural pattern. Simply paint and a rolling pin, are used in the making of Disgust.

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