Linking each panel to a part of myself. Each panel varies in superficiality of the level of analysis of my qualities.
Panel 1 (Superficiality level – High)
The first panel is the part of me that cares about my outer appearance and how I look on the outside. Being fair makes me feel empty and unconfident, where I feel I become soft and bland like tofu. Tanning is a very short-term but useful activity in establishing myself in the world, where I literally become darker in skin tone. And becoming fried, crispy bacon with a skin tone I personally find desirable.
Panel 2 (Superficiality level – Low)
Like a lion, I have a relatively short attention span and I get bored of things that does not interest me quickly. While having many ideas and dreams, the lazy lion inside me will not hesitate to laze about while thinking that we will eventually get there. However, when faced with unreasonable authority or unneeded criticism, I quickly get defensive about my ideas and way of thinking when I feel somebody is trying to change me or make me conform to the norm. Thus, I turn into a stone lion, inflexible to change which I admit will be a troublesome quality to have.
Panel 3 (Superficiality level – High)
Dressing up and hanging out with friends are two activities I cannot live without. However, I like playing the role of a clown to entertain my friends but it is sometimes bittersweet when your other qualities are bypassed for your humour or you making a fool out of yourself. Nevertheless, I would still take that role any day.
Panel 4 (Superficiality level – Middle)
I sometimes do feel encaged here, where the creative landscape, while developing, is not as vibrant as I wish for it to be. The system in which creative fields are taught in Singapore feels slightly repetitive and sometimes, useless in developing my artistic style. I feel that it is a pity that one’s creative style is washed away in the pursuit of grades and jobs. BUT maybe the system does not work for only me, so my conditioned response to boredom is to escape and flee (through travelling! What were you thinking I was going to do)
I enjoyed this project as it allowed me to explore and understand myself more as a person and how I should improve myself as a student trying to establish my creative style. Thank you for reading! :- )
I wanted to work with fashion collage as it seemed like a versatile medium to work with colour and to express myself in. I found references on fashion collages and shoots and studied how they use colour to express certain emotions.
Use of blue, muted palette – reflect the weariness of the working class
For Re-Edition Magazine and AnOther AW2016
His use of muted colours brings about a softness to the strong colours he use, creating balance. I was intrigued the attractive and beautiful use of colours in his fashion photography.
Initial Idea 1 – Using fashion photography and collage to express the various emotions I have in various settings
Possible Equations: (Me+ setting = outcome/ reaction)
Passive me (Wearing colours like green or blue) + Conflict (red – contrasting colour) = Confrontational Me (orange)
Free spirit me + Stress = Runs away
Oppressed me + Given space to create = Freed me
Possible style for panel:
Photography assignment I did for 4D class
However, there were limitations in this medium as it was not definitive enough and there was not enough room to explore colour palettes due to the lack of sources or materials (in this case clothes) and compositions were insufficient in expressing deeper human emotions.
EGO – Forming Equations
I decided to reconceptualising myself by focusing on the settings that I enjoy and do not, as well as qualities of myself to form my equations.
Initial Medium 2 – Marker and soft pastel illustration
I decided to stick to a traditional medium as I would like to explore the possibilities of non-digital mediums in expressing colours.
Charlotte Ager – illustrator Evocative drawings and paintings that are full of energy, movement and atmosphere through lines and colour.
I really like the gestural style and unharmonious and “messy” combination of colours she used, yet the choice of colours are purposeful, inspired by the works of post-impressionists, fauvists and cubists (Gauguin, Matisse and Picasso).
New equations (Me + activities I like/ dislike/ wish for = Reaction)
Medium – marker and soft pastels 1. Empty me + Tanning = Solidified Me
2. Bare/ Cliche Me + Second hand store = One of a kind Me
3. Imprisoned Me + Escaping Singapore = Freed Me
Comments from consultation:
– The gestural style can only be done well by those who have experience and confidence in the medium.
– Rendering of human figures are inadequate, should think of symbols that represent me
Final Idea – Fabric cut-outs and embroidery
So, I decided to work with a medium I am familiar with – Fabric.
Artist references Tracey Emin – Using of fabric for her art works “Hellter Skelter”
Fauvism – Henri Matisse’s fauvist paintings and paper cut-outs
“The clown” “The fall of Icarus”
Fauvism – Andre Derain
Oil paintings of vibrant pure hues and unrealistic portrayal of colour and light to express emotive qualities.
EQUATIONS – “What you do defines you”
From the qualities of myself , I thought of symbols that represented those qualities.
Fair skinned me – Tofu
Lazy me – lion
Fancy me – fancy hat
Trapped/ encaged me – hamster
Planning of compositions: I wanted to show the whimsical transition from one symbol to another after the setting, thus I chose different symbols to depict the result.
Tofu me + The sun (tanning) = Bacon me
Lazing me + The devil (authority) = Stone Lion me (defensive and angry)
Fancy me + Meeting with friends = Fool/ clown me
Encaged me + Running the hamster wheel (system that gets you nowhere) = Escaping me
Using fabric has limited me to working with pure colour and I am not able to change the value or chroma of the colour of fabric. Thus, I was inspired by the use of bright, pure and untainted colour in the Fauvist movement. Unnatural colours are radically used, separating colour from its usual representational and realistic role, giving new, emotional meaning to the colours. Colour could project a mood and establish a structure within the work of art without having to be true to the natural world.
PANEL 1 (Tofu + tanning = bacon)
Colour scheme – I wanted to use cool blue tones to contrast the white colour of the tofu (first) to the bright reds of the bacon (third).
Image references for composition
Light blue, yellow and grey background – Chose the cool blue tone in the end
PANEL 2 (lazy lion + meeting the devil = Stone lion)
PANEL 3 (Fancy me + Meeting friends = Clown me)
PANEL 4 (Encaged me + Forced into repetitive system = Escaping me)