I experimented with many things for this first project and below are some of the materials I played with. While majority did not make it into my final, I thought it was a good way to experiment with the cut-&-paste style.
Okay so be prepared to look at my messy sketchbook ideas…that’s just my way of planning and stuff so yeah its kinda messy…and I changed my ideas pretty drastically so this series of images of my sketchbook ideas should help to guide through my thought process (hopefully).
Who reads instruction manuals?!
My POV finals clearly look quite inconsistent in terms of style but I guess the idea of playing with different perspectives of Buddhism is there…(I hope). While I initially wanted to follow and build on the cut-&-paste style from the previous project, I realised the style would not fit the concept for my POVs so I dropped it (for now heh). Tackling the topic of religion, a sensitive topic, calls for a more “de-personalised” style. In the sense, I wanted to remove the feeling of a personal style which might affect the way my works would be perceived. AKA if I did it in a cut & paste manner, it might unintentionally seem like I’m being very aggressive with my subject matter (and the thing is I kind of am but not with Buddhism but with some Buddhists) By going for a more general “advertising” (maybe?) style, I hope to be able to tone down the look a bit so that people can look at it in a more rational manner and I kinda wanted it to be somewhat subtle (like advertisements) even though the messages are pretty much the very opposite of subtle.
Sem 2 AKA Return of the TRA$Hbin
My final series may be the most confusing thing cause a sudden change in ideas resulted in me dropping quite a few supposed “finals” and creating new “finals” on the spot. Anyway, I guess its for the better that I dropped the prostitute series since it fits better with the next assignment (hell, it’s actually made for the next assignment!). So the concept I had for this series ended up being about a typographic portrait series of how I felt now (aka while doing the project) and I wanted it to be really raw looking and spontaneous so the set-up looked like I just hanged them up like I was hanging laundry (complete with raffia string and metal hooks) but for added trashiness, over a the garbage bin! Okay, on a more serious note, it was for added context too since I wanted it to look like it could belong anywhere you find on the streets like even when you take out trash you will see it. I like direct expression so I admit it was cheap, no frills, no fakery, and it was done quickly. At the same time, I want it to look like anyone can do it (find a random piece of cardboard or rough paper lying around and just write out what they feel) but its a matter of whether you choose to or not so its sort of like encouraging people to express themselves directly too?? I knew that corner had bad lighting since the light there died but I guess it was even better, it’s not gonna be glamorous so nahhh I don’t need the lighting. I just felt since I was expressing how I honestly felt in that short moment, the set-up had to reflect that too.
WARNING LONG POST CAUSE I NEED TO EXPLAIN MYSELF