Foundation 2D Project 1 – Final Composition (Nice – Nasty)

Foundation 2D Project 1 – Final Lines


With this marks the end of Project 1.
I enjoyed the overall process such as the field research and the new techniques that was introduced.
The journey was incredibly tough but it’s worth it!

Here is the long waited composition!EUGENE

Concept: Tropical Fish
Techniques: Mono-Printing, Stamping, Drawing
Medium Used: Dead Fish, Fish Bones, Plastic Bag, Concrete Block, Bubble Wrap, Pen Knife, Black Pen & Marker
[18 Lines] [18 Emotions] [9 Nice (Left)] [9 Nasty (Right)]

Nice: Exhausted, Psychotic, Fragile, Sensual, Lyrical, Systematic, Nonsensical, Awkward, Embarrassed.
Nasty: Sloven, Distracted, Aggressive, Indecisive, Ambiguous, Bizarre, Spontaneous, Anxious, Turbulent.

Line-By-Line Explanation (Nice)

Exhausted (Guppy)001Medium used: Kitchen paper
Technique: Mono-printing
Explanation: Done with mono-printing, the ‘dots’ on the kitchen paper represent the ‘Ovaries’ of the guppies. The guppies are able to store sperm in their ovaries which can fertilize up to 8 months which is exhausting for the females. In the expression design above, the ‘Ovaries’ are seen fertilized over a timeframe of 8 months (Left to right) with fertilization (Black dots) and the white being vice versa.

Psychotic (Gold Fish)

Medium used: Bubble wrap and Pen knife
Technique: Mono-printing
Explanation: Done with mono-printing, the bubble wrap were cut into smaller pieces which was later laid out properly to tell a story. Goldfish suffocate easily if given limited amount of space, it is also not recommended to mix Goldfish with other tropical fishes in the same aquarium tank.  In the expression design above, the ‘Goldfish’ can be seen upside down grasping for air on the surface along with random fishes at the side. A bubble wrap was used in this situation to represent air being unlimited for survival.

Fragile (Gold Fish)

Medium used: Plastic bag
Technique: Mono-printing
Explanation: Done with mono-printing, the plastic bag was used to illustrate the how fragile a Goldfish is. As the feeling of a Goldfish is similar to a plastic bag filled with cold water, touching the Goldfish with bare hands will damage its thin protective layer thus endangering their health. In the design expression above, I made use of the plastic bag to create the texture that illustrate fragility and being vulnerable.

Sensual (Butterfly Fish)

Medium used: Butterfly fish
Technique: Stamping
Explanation: Unlike other tropical fish, Butterfly fish are known for their appealing and striking skin patterns which beautify the oceanic livings. They are also refer to as deep lover, that is, once in love always in love. In the design expression above, I was inspired by Yves Klein body art which I made use of the body of a dead butterfly fish to create the sensual skin prints on the surface.

Lyrical (Butterfly Fish)005

Medium used: Black pen and marker
Technique: Drawing
Explanation: In the ocean, Butterfly Fish travel in a fashion manner. They travel in small school and in a ‘Staff’ formation like the music notes on the horizontal lines. In the design expression above, I made use of the Butterfly fish personality and apply it in my drawing. The process is done by reproducing the distinct pattern of the Butterfly fish and draw them with the same distance apart. The patterns are accompanied by small dots to create the movement of the Butterfly fish (Like the music notes).

Systematic (Upside-Down Catfish)006

Medium used: Black pen and marker
Technique: Drawing
Explanation: I did a research and made an observation of the movement of the Upside-Down Catfish in the aquarium tank. The Upside-Down Catfish clean and eat the algae in the tank automatically. I have also noticed the fixed movement on the Upside-Down Catfish around the aquarium tank. In the design expression above, I relate the Upside-Down Catfish with the Mass Rapid Transport (MRT) as both share slight similarity. The Upside-Down Catfish move systematically like the train moving from one location to another without missing any stops in between. The Upside-Down Catfish will stop to eat the algae just like the train stopping at stations for the passengers.

Nonsensical (Upside-Down Catfish)007


Medium used: Back pen and marker
Technique: Stamping, Drawing
Explanation: The term ‘Upside-Down’ was given to this Catfish because they swim upside-down most of their time. In the design expression above, I relate to how human see thing if what we are looking is the other way around. In the drawing, the word “H-E-L-L-O” was design in a way that at first glance viewers might take it for the skin pattern of the Upside-Down Catfish. Hence, creating a visual perception.

Awkward (Purple Fire fish)008

Medium used: Cinder block
Technique: Stamping, Monoprinting
Explanation: Purple Fire Fish are shy in nature. There is no way to determine external differences until we see the internal. In the design expression above, the drawing was made on a surface of a cinder block. This is to represent the ‘hiding area’ (usually stone and rock) of the Purple Fire Fish once feeling awkward or met with another species of fish.

Embarrassed (Purple Fire Fish)009

Medium used: Black pen and marker
Technique: Drawing
Explanation: Besides being shy and awkward to new surroundings, the purple fire fish are embarrassed to expose itself to others. It is not recommended to mix Purple Fire Fish with other species of fishes because they will go hiding and probably die of hunger. In the design expression above, I relate ‘Send shivers down the spine’ and the behaviour of the Purple Fire Fish into the drawing. The drawing was based on the movement and the fins of the Purple Fire Fish when it get embarrassed and goes into hiding.


Line-By-Line Explanation (Nasty)

Sloven (Guppy)010

Medium used: Dead guppy, Fish Bone
Technique: Stamping, Monoprinting
Explanation: Guppy are sloven creatures. There is a high tendency for the adult guppy to take their young as food accidently when they go hungry. In the design expression above, I made use of the medium to tell a story of a young guppy being eaten by an adult guppy leaving only the bones at the end.

Distracted (Red Tail Shark)011

Medium used: Black pen and marker
Technique: Drawing
Explanation: Red Tail Shark are easily distracted by other tropical fishes if their territory are being occupied. In the design expression above, I made a focus point (the black spaces) to represent the other tropical fish (eye-sore) while the ones in black are the Red Tail Shark. The message that I would like to convey is that once the other tropical fishes crossed the boundary or distracted the Red Tail Shark, they will end up being hunt down.

Aggressive (Red Tail Shark)012

Medium used: Black pen and marker
Technique: Drawing
Explanation: Known for being aggressive, the Red Tail Shark is a aggressive chaser against tank mates. When one Red Tail Shark becomes dominant, it will chase and harass the other shark from being freed and resting. In the design expression above, the drawing shows pointed edges that is hardly enough for any escape plan. As every available route of escape are dangerous, there is no way of escape even if the other Red Tail Shark wish to.

Indecisive (Parrot Fish)013

Medium used: Male and Female Symbol Stencil
Technique: Monoprinting
Explanation: Parrot fish are a type of indecisive fish that changes gender throughout their lives. In the design expression above, I cut out stencils of male and female logo from cardboards and printed them onto the surface. In the drawing, both logos can be seen combined as this is to demonstrate the transformation phrase form male to female or vice versa.

Ambiguous (Parrot Fish)


Medium used: Black pen and marker
Technique: Drawing
Explanation: Besides the ability to change gender, the parrot fish is able to transform into a cocoon at night to protect themselves from prey. In the design expression above, I was inspired by the art of Sol Levitt. I made use of the contrast and composition to create a visual perception that confused the viewers just like the parrot fish confusing the prey.

Bizzare (Electric Eel)015

Medium used: Eel Skin, Black pen
Technique: Monoprinting, Drawing
Explanation: Electric Eel are special type of fish that is able to produce electricity. This is because they develop a special organ that enable them to do so. In the design expression above, I took the skin of a eel to show the uniqueness of the fish compared to the rest.

Spontaneous (Electric Eel)016

Medium used: Black pen and marker
Technique: Drawing
Explanation: Electric Eel are mostly blind, they don’t know what they are releasing the electricity at. In the design expression above, I demonstrate the energy of electric eel they have with the pulse-like wave. As the Electric Eel can shock electricity for up to an hour without getting tired, the pulse-like wave are consistent in terms of length and width.

Anxious (Pufferfish)017

Medium used: Plastic grass synthetic lawn mat for aquarium fish tank, Fish bone
Technique: Stamping
Explanation: Pufferfish get a little anxious when they sense a difference in wave movement. Once they sense danger, they will turn themselves into a ball of spike. In the design expression above, I made use of the plastic frame that holds the plastic grass and stamp onto the surface. This is to demonstrate the ‘boxes of question’ that when one gets worried or anxious. The fish bone was used to represent the spikes of the Pufferfish when it gets pumped up.

Turbulent (Pufferfish)018

Medium used: Black pen and marker
Technique: Drawing
Explanation: Pufferfish swim in a very slow and clumsy style. In the design expression above, I relate the spikes of the Pufferfish with the arches found in the ancient Roman architecture. The spikes demonstrates the unstableness in behaviour of the Pufferfish while comparing to the strong foundation of Roman architecture.

Notice something?
Did you noticed that 2 emotions belong to 1 fish?
Hence, when the front border is taken away, you should be able to see the transition of 2 panels.



Throughout the project, I have gain valuable experience and skills.
I am grateful for this opportunity to make use of the workshop and applying monoprinting techniques into my concepts.

The project allow me to think critically and create out-of-the-box idea.
I believe that we were given just the right amount of time for submission, hence time well plan. (:

To end off, I hope you enjoyed my research process (Check out the other posts if you have not!!), please give your thought and comments below for suggestions! ^^

Once again, Thank you for checking out!







Foundation 2D Project 1 – Lines (Research) – Part 3

Foundation 2D Project 1 – Lines (Research) – Part 3



“Line” is one of the basic building block of Art, understanding the different types of line will help us with better artworks.

A “Line” is a “Dot” that went for a walk.

Below are some of the “Types of Line that I’ve explored.

Type of Lines - Eugene

  • “Line” can create the illusion of form by the use of thick and thin lines adding value to the drawing.
  • “Line” can control the viewers eyes.This can be done so by drawing contour line which transform 2D drawings into 3D as a form of visual perception.  
  •  “Line” can be use to communicate the form with the viewer. This is can be done so by adding value and light source in the drawings adding 


Dot walk to form a line

Foundation 2D Project 1 – Planning Phrase & Medium used.

Foundation 2D Project 1 – Planning Phrase


Below are some of the artworks during the Planning Phrase.

emotionFirstly, I think it is necessary to understand the definition of the 18 emotions given for the project.
Hence, I went to read up on the Robert Plutchik’s Theory on emotions.
It adds on to my understanding and made things clearer.



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Secondly, I put down my pen and start generating possible concepts in this exercise sheet given in class.




,After the Field Research and understanding of certain tropical fishes, I select fishes that is relevant to my project and placed them in order.



Foundation 2D Project 1 – Medium Used.

Below are lists of medium used for the project.




Foundation 2D Project 1 – Lines (Research) – Part 2

Foundation 2D: Project 1 Research on Artist References – Part 2



Sam Francis

013 Sam Francis

Left to Right

Untitled (Edge), Middle Blue III, King Corpse

Sam Francis monotypes involved the use of lithography, etching and screenprinting technique.
He is known for his remarkable skills such as the combination of spontaneous gesture together with his signature abstract forms to create a graphical media.

“What has happened is that I have found a way to get into the machine. When I am working with these prints, I am the paper, I am the paint, I am the machine. I am not trying to make something” – Sam Francis

Personal Opinion:

I am inspired by Sam Francis abstract expressions such as the expressive use of colours in his paintings. I am able to feel the expressionism in his artowrks which bring out certain emotional effects that evoke moods and ideas.

In Sam Francis artoworks, the focus was more on his view of the human progress rather then the exploring the creative process.

In addition, Sam Francis artworks made use of the colour and light as a medium to express his thoughts and ideas that constitute to the abstract form and expression.

“Technique is just a means of arriving at a statement” – Sam Francis

Check out Sam Francis Biography -Here!-

Debbie Smyth

014 Debbie Smyth

Left to Right

In Full Swing, Left Luggage

Debbie Smyth is known for her large scale thread drawings. The thread drawings are created by stretchning a network of threads between accurately plotted pins. The process involved measurement, proportion and visualisation.

The involvement of threads in drawings shows us the possibilities that art has to offer. Sewing didn’t have to be functional, it can be a medium of art as well.

Debbie Smyth artworks remove the boundaries between fine art drawings and texile art, flat and 3D work. It pushes the limits of a discipline or material.

Personal Opinion:

I find Debbie Smyth artworks one of the most bizzare and unique expression of art. I was amazed by her use of thread to create an artwork – It is truly remarkable.

Debbie Smyth artworks creates an eye-catching, and in some case jaw dropping effect. It is defintely a wonderful discovery that an artwork can be achieve through textiles and sewing.

Furthermore, Debbie Smyth thread drawing transform 2D into 3D creating a visual preception. Debbie Smyth artoworks involved the use of proportion and scale which gave her the ability to create floating linear structures.

As threads are uncontrollable; Thread falls or knots, Debbie Smyth made use of the material to determine her next steps of experimentation.


Jackson Pollock

015 Jackson Pollock

Left to Right

Number 32, Barely There, Ocean Greyness

Jackson Pallock was known for his unique style of drip painting and the leading force behind the abstract expressionist movement. His style of artwork redefine the categories of drawing and painting – Forging a new style of semi-abstract totemic compositions.

‘Dip Painting’ or rather ‘Action Painting’ was produce by Jackson Pollock. It involve the use of dripping paint onto the canvases on the floor rather than being fixed to an easel.
Instead of traditional paint brush, Jackson Pallock add depth to his artoworks by using knives and sticks.

The style of painting had similar ties with Surreal movement, that is, the expressionism of mood and emotions.

Personal Opinion:

Just like Cai GuoQiang artwork, I feel the randonness in it. Jackson Pollock redefine the rule of art by creating new scale, texture and surface relationship.
The ‘Dip and Splash’ style had no relation to the size of the canvas that Jackson Pollock work on. Researchers mention that the lack of dimensions and the disregard for size of the drawings were some unique features form of art.

Victor Vasarely

016 Victor Vasarely

Left to Right

Riu-Kiu-C, Vega-Nor, Keiho C1

Victor Vasarely was known as the acknowledge leader of Op Art Movement.
The Op Art Movement involved the use of colour and optical illusion that combine to create an abstract art.

Victor Vasarely artworks consist of geometrical shapes and elements. He made use of the bright colours and  the arrays of lines to create the optical illusion that deceive the viewer’s eye. The use of scale diversify and compose new works that integrate into architecture and the urban environment.


Personal Opinion:

At first glance, I see the similarity with SOL Lewitt artwork as both of them play with Optical Illusion.  With optical illusion, the viewer is free to interpret the image in as many visual context as he may see it.

The geometric shape somehow creates a 3D feel out from the 2D plane. It tricks the viewers retina by the combination of colour, depth, form and shapes recognizing the inner geometry of nature.

  • Find this interesting. Hehe (:

Foundation 2D Project 1 – Lines (Research) – Part 1

Foundation 2D: Project 1 Research on Artist References – Part 1


Ed Moses

001 Ed Moses

Left to Right

Red over Black, Black on White, Bam Bo, The Crackle, Mutator.
Ed moses describe himself as a bee who travel from flower to flower, gathering evidence wherever he go. His inspiration came from the image of floral pattern and craftsmen architecture.

An artist inventor whom work on his drawing on the other side of the mirror, creating possibility situation beyond usual forms.

‘Doing a painting without doing a painting’

‘Drawing a line without a line’

Ed Moses Incooperate dimensions and consistency which reinforce geometric forms into his artwork.

Personal Opinion:

I am inspired by the statement that he mentioned ‘Working on his drawing on the other side of the mirror’. Ed Moses believe that a complete artwork can exist in different forms and shapes which bring about the uniqueness and meaning in them. An artist must learn to explore the available techniques and transform them into greater meaning.


Sol Lewitt

002 Sol Lewitt

Left to Right

Shape of Black & White Stripe, A Cube with Scribble Bands in four direction, Wall Drawing

Sol Lewitt describe himself as a conceptual artist.

‘The idea or concept is the most important aspect of the work, planning and decision were made before hand and the execution is a perfunctory affair.’  It’s 2D but brings a 3D feel. Simple concept that play with different tone and thickness that exploit the use of ‘Line’


Personal Opinion:

Sol Lewitt ‘Scribble’ drawing is a unique and time-consuming piece of artwork. Every strokes are made with no resemblance hence creating the ‘Physical rather than the abstract’ feel. His artworks venture from wall drawing to structure making. ‘Line’ is the origin form in his artwork, the ability to transform the line into different style create infinite possibilities.

Found a similarity to ‘PENROSE TRIANGLE’ and ‘PENROSE STAIRS’ which play with the idea of ‘Optical Illustration’.


Cai Guo Qiang

003 Cai GuoQiang

Left to Right

Explosive House, Sea Goddess, Gunpowder Tiger

Cai QuoQiang describe his artwork as an ‘Open Performance’ in which people of the public can enjoy (Visual Spectacle). His artworks comprise mainly raw materials such as charcoal and gunpowder. Gunpowder ignite and thus suggest with a blurry brown painting.

In the late 2009 in Taiwan, Cai GuoQiang allow the public to participate in the production of his drawings. His message bring contemporary art to a level where people are able to achieve an artwork together. By doing so, his audience are able to understand and feel connected to the artist’s fate.

His technique involve stacking various cardboard stencils on a surface followed by the gunpowder. At the moment of ignition, the cardboard layers are compressed into one, forming a beautiful abstract art as the final product.

Personal Opinion:

Gunpowder is inherently organic and unpredictable, it is not toxic unless it enter the human body. Cai GuoQiang method of drawing have a slight significant to adding depth and randomness in it. *[Random is also a kind of art]* Gunpowder is hard to control when it ignite, hence adding up to the difficulty.


Hilma af Klint

004 Hilma af Klint

Left to Right

The Swan, The Buddha’s Standpoint in Earthly Life, The Ten Biggest

Hilma Af Klint artworks are defined as inspiration packaged from both religion and spiritual medium. Her artworks contain language that one must have intensive knowledge of history to decrypt and understand. Her ideas and internal dynamics, involve dabbling in the spiritual world on the side, which she believe were communicated to her from another mystical realm.


Personal Opinion:

In the world today, religious artworks exist. For example; Buddhist pratice Buddhist Art, Christian practice Scared Christian Art etc. All artworks carries different message across them, some of it are forbidden while some of it contain values that aim to nuture the growing children.

For someone who are unable to decipher the message in the drawing, I personally feel her drawing smooth and relaxing for the eyes. It is clean and neat too. The colours used are well presented with contrast applied. It create the movement in the eyes across the surfaces.

Hilma Af Kilnt also experiment with different methods of drawing such as Graphite, Water Colour and Tempera. As a artist, one should learn to explore different mean of methods.


Emma Kunz

005 Emma Kunz

Left to Right

Artcards, Artcards 55.

Emma Kunz artworks were, orginally, not meant for the museum wall. It was placed on the floor next to the client the artist was seeing. Her artworks functioned as therapeutic tools rahter than pieces of art.

With slight similarilty to the artworks done by Hilma Af Klint, her works also contain symbolic value of Religion.


Personal Opinion:

Therapeutic tools or not, Emma Kunz artworks were magnificent. In my opinion, her artworks creates the sense of satisfactory. The artworks were seen balanced with symmetrical geometric shapes in an abstract.  Her approach with geometric abstraction not as formalism but also as a mean of structuring philosophy, scientific and spiritual idea.

Agnes Martin

006 Agnes Martin

Left to Right

Falling Blue, Loving Love

Agnes Martin artworks involved covering canvases with faint yet precise grids. ‘Grids’ was the fundamental used in her design as it it keep the surface visually taut. Her artworks were controlled with precision variation of line and colours.

The grids creates a visual feel of opening up and compression as the line sweep by.

Personal Opinion:

At first sight, her artworks gave me a warm and sincere feeling. The artworks play around with the tone and combination of horizontal lines which was guided by ‘the grid’. ‘The grid’ draw attention to the viewers eyes creating a contrast as we look along the vertical and horizontal lines. In additional, her artworks are balanced in a symmetry way.

On the side note*

Hilma Af Klint, Emma Kunz and Agnes Martin were known as the three important women artists whose innovative ideas and approaches to creating an artwork had a significant impact on history of modem abstraction. The approach involved spiritual idea and constructing philosophy. They made use of geometric shapes, lines and grid as a form of expression.*


Andy Warhol

007 Andy Warhol

Left to Right

Shadow V, Oxidation Painting 1978, and Untitled 162

Andy Warhol was a renowned controversial artist who loved celebrities. His artworks communicate the wide use of artistic expression though the use of different types of media such as; Hand drawn, Painting and Sculpture.

Known for his ‘Piss’ painting as well. The painting was done with urine (Effect of acid) on surface of copper. It introduce a chemical effect thus resulting in oxidation. Science and chemistry were involved.

Personal Opinion:

Andy Warhol explored the possibilities of science in his abstract artwork. His artworks were often created in large-scale that drives the beauty and bring out the mood of colours. In his ‘Shadow’ series artworks he play with the idea of ‘what is real’ and ‘what is an abstract’.

Andy Warhol share a common similarity with Cai GuoQiang in which they allow assistance from other parties. In the case of Andy Warhol, he made his friend urinate on a metallic copper background creating a ‘Paintery’ artwork.

Andy Warhol have also a firm grip on the colour pattern. He understand how colours can be formed during the process of oxidation for example; Blue and green will form later on top of a layer of red or brown copper oxides.

I find his art interesting and special. I like how he did his experiment with colour and chemical reaction.


Julie Mehretu

008 Julie Mehretu

Left to Right

Middle Grey, Half A Shadow, The Forever Now

Julie Mehretu artworks contain inspiration from historical photographs, modern art, graffiti along with their impact of personal and communal identities.

Her artworks were mostly done using ink and acrylic paint with mulitiple layers that depict infrastructure and landscape. She play with the depth and composition of the abstracted forms and lines.

The layers of ink, marks and paint resulted in the combination of gestural marks that dissolve on the surface of the canvas. It also bring a dynamic feel resulted from the overlapping of different layers.

Personal Opinion:

Her artworks capture the energy and emotion though the use of gestural movement. Julie Mehretu creates perfection through the freedom of being imperfect.

Cy Twombly

009 Cy Twombly

Left to Right

NiNi Painting, Untitled VIII [Bacchus], Roses

Cy Twombly worked with a combination of abandon and selectivity in his artworks.

His artwork emphasis on the old-fashioned mark making that involve scribbling, similar to Sol LeWitt, and calligraphic scrawls.

Like many other artist, his artworks came from the response to history, literature and many other forms of art (Handwriting). He redefined painting as storytelling in which basic elements such as sign, symbols, letters and notations were introduced.

Personal Opinion:

Similar to ‘Hilma Af Klint, Emma Kunz and Agnes Martin’, Cy Twonbly artworks carries historical message across to his viewers. It seems like the painting are puzzles to be solved.

Franz Kline

010 Franz Kline

Left to Right

Alpha Channeled, Sawyer, Pennsy Lvania

Franz Kline choice of materials – Inexpensive, low-viscosity house paints.

Many of Franz Kline artworks focus on or rather are images suggested through his childhood hometown. Some of it can be recognize as the bridges, railroad tracks and machinery.

Personal Opinion:

Abstract expressionism was developed in the context of diverse, overlapping sources and inspirations. The thick and thin line used in Franz Kline artworks made the overall feel engaging. Like the strokes are trying to tell something.

I find Franz Kline statement on his abstract work amazing. He mention ‘I paint the white as well as the black and the white is just as important’. In addition, I like the way he can make his artwork simple with limited palette used.


Yves Klein

011 Yves Klein

Left to Right

People begin to fly, Relief Sponge, Ant 20

Slight similarity to Cai QuoQiang ‘Open Performance’.

Yves Klein artworks involved transferring paint from the model body onto the canvas. The model would first be covered in paint and then would roll or by any movement creating ‘leftover’ for the painting.

The model will move around the canvas, in paint, accompanied by live audience and live orchestra.

Creates ‘Anthropometries’ in his artwork.

Personal Opinion:

Other than Cai QuoQiang Gunpowder artwork, Yves Klein is unique in a way of creating a form of ‘Body Art’. In the world today, body painting is not only use for protests and promotion but also an exhibitionist form of art that is well appreciated among art critics. Example such as, Tattoo art.

Some well-known body painting artist are; Joanne Gair, Youri Messen-Jaschin, Johannes Stotter and many more.

However, the ‘Body Art’ in today context are made on the body itself which was the opposite doing of Yves Klein.


Mark Bradford

012 Mark Bradford

Left to Right

Scorched Earth, The cracks between the floor boards, Smokey

Mark Bradford challenged himself by changing the direction of his work.

His painting are usually large, because of his height, but became small due to space constrain.

Starts with a stretched canvas and builds up its surface with ten or fifteen layers of paper – White paper, Coloured paper, Newsprint, Photographs etc.

He explained; ‘The stereotype is always following you, like a monkey on your back’.

Personal Opinion:

Mark Bradford artworks focus on many small details, placed them layer by layer and transforming them into a big abstract picture. It’s like layer over layer, quite similar to Julie Mehretu but his inspiration were not from landscape and infrastructure. His works somehow inspired from rediscovering the past.

I like the idea of adding various tiny image together to form another piece of art. It is like paper mache, cutting out pages of paper and stacking them over another creating linear tracks and visually stuttering spots. As I look at his artworks, depth are exposed by exploiting the hidden colours that the process can creates. It is light emerging from within.




Foundation 2D Project 1 – Line (Research) – Part 4 – Field Research

Foundation 2D Project 1 – Part 4 – Field Research


My theme for this project is “Tropical Fish”.
This includes “Fresh Water Species” & “Salt Water Species”

I got my inspiration from ‘My Dad fish tank’ which features the characters in the ‘Finding Nemo’ movie. The Fish Tank is beautifully decorated with active fishes swimming about – Wonder if they are planning an escape.



In order to understand more about the fishes, I conducted the field research at one of the local fish farm. Throughout the field research, I observe various behavior and recorded down the findings.

I noticed various fish movements and behaviors. Some were food to the bigger fishes while some were sold for their rarity and beauty.

They sell birds too.

A trip to local fish farm.