Foundation 2D Project 2 – Final Rhymes Summary

 

Foundation 2D Project 2 – Final Rhymes Summary


 

Choice of final rhyme

Initial Poem:
What does the bee do? – Christina Rossetti
A Dog & a Cat Went Out Together – Anonymous

A Dog and a Cat went out together.

A dog and a cat went out together,
To see some friends just out of town;
Said the cat to the dog,
“What d’ye think of the weather?”
“I think, Ma’am, the rain will come down.”

“But don’t be alarmed,
For I’ve an umbrella
That will shelter us both,”
Said this amiable fellow.

I find this Nursery Rhyme interesting to work on

  1. Dog & Cat– Getting a Dog & a Cat to accept each other is a difficult task. Some Dogs see Cats as prey and Cats who never lived with Dogs will likely see them as predators and will run or become defensive aggressive. Hence, the Dog and Cat in this Nursery Rhyme explained the impossible possible.
  2. Accepting the unacceptable– “Interracial Marriage” came to my mind after reading through this Nursery Rhyme. “Interracial Marriage” is define as the marriage between two different racial groups.

Because, Love is blind, even if it wasn’t, it would welcome the differences that set people apart. I think it is important to mention about the relationship between the Dog and the Cat and possibly relate this in human context.

Similar to the previous poem I’m working on: “What Does the Bee Do?”
Both talks about relationship but in the different context.
For “What Does the Bee Do?” – It talks about the cohesion between families inside the beehive.
Each Bee have a role in the house hence a awesome workforce.
For “A Dog and a Cat went out together” it’s more focus on the subjects rather than as a whole.


 

Elaboration of composition

Eugene - 001          In the centre of the composition, it shows the eye view of a Cat and a Dog respectively. The walk out to town seems like a steep and dangerous one.
In the background, it shows a dense forest (Easy to get lost, either trap or get out alive), with scary creatures at the entrance (Evil Hands). The idea was to bring out the unease feeling of the cat and dog. – They know that the journey would be a difficult one, but they have to endure and overcome this challenge.Also, at the foreground, it shows the roots of the trees which justify the difficulty of the journey – Because walking on a path with roots is never flat.

 

 
002          The Cat, in on the other hand, is nervous and she feel anxiety. She wonders if the journey to town will be safe. In the composition, the Cat can be seen on 2 narrative viewpoints. On the Left, it shows the negative side of her: Questioning about the rumours she heard, worry about the problems she might face and troubled about the setback she might see. On the Right, it shows the peaceful side of the Cat as she was accompanied by the Dog.

 

 

003         In this composition the Dog plays the husband role, to shelter his ‘wife’ from criticism. As shown from the mouth with deadly pointed swords. The Dog took out his Courage and Bravery (Umbrella) to shelter his wife as they travel along the long stretch of ‘London Bridge’ towards town.

 

 

 

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          The last composition summaries the Happy Ending of the Cat and Dog after going through all the challenges they faced. They got married. I made use of certain elements as symbolization.

The Owl – Owls traditionally are a much respected creature in many countries across the globe. In marriage, the Owls represent status, intelligence, wealth, guardianship and protection. The couple received blessings from parents of both sides– And they live happily ever after.

Fanfare  A piece of music that the marriage ceremony must have. It’s the basis.(Why Fanfare?) Like they emerge as victory after persuading their parents.

White Rose – A symbol for true love. Also represents Purity, Innocence, Sympathy, and Spirituality. (For Wife during the First and Last day of marriage)

Red Rose – A symbol of Love and Romance

Sun & Moon – The balance of the active and passive energies that becomes harmonious. The couple receive blessing of light from the Sun God and the truth from the Moon Goddess.


 

Creative Process

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The story was based on Richard Loving & Mildred Jeter who married in 1958. They are well-known because they overturned state laws in the United States that prohibited interracial marriages. The wife was only 18 when they got married. Five weeks after their wedding, they were awakened at 2am by police and arrested for being married to one another. Not only the husband was jailed for a year, they face discrimination. Of course they did not gave up, they wrote letter to the American Civil Liberties Union and after 9 years, their case was heard. – The Supreme Court decided to give in to their favour.

Moral of the story: Never lose hope. You never know what tomorrow may bring. There is always a chance to change and make things right.


Artist References

Hannah Hoch – Photo Montage to combine 2 or more images together, at the same time, applying the ‘feminine’-‘Women in real life’’ feel in the artwork.

However, I feel the artwork more of surreal because of the lack of humorous element in it.

Sarolta Ban

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She creates amazing surreal pictures by combining ordinary elements, giving them various stories and personalities. Hopping that the meanings of the pictures are never too limited, are open in some way, each viewer can transform them into a personal aspect.

Bán creates dreamlike scenes with photo manipulation software, sometimes layering as many as one hundred individual images to create a final product.

Sarolta Ban Photo Allegory -HERE-

 


 

 

Thank you for your attention during my presentation. Appreciated! ^^

And A BIG THANK YOU! for my supportive classmates for the Post-it® of encouragements!

 

Visual Journal Here:
http://eugeneyuji.viewbook.com/album/rhymes

 

 

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Foundation 2D Project 2 – Rhymes (Research)

Foundation 2D: Project 2 Research on Artist References


 

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Artworks: Cut with the kitchen knifeThe Coquette, Tailor’s Flower, The Bride, Tamer, Da Dandy.

Hannah Hoch was a female artist within the Dadaism in Germany.
[Raoul Hausmann was the artist who influence Hannah Hoch to join the Berlin Dada movement]

Her unique art style was the experiment of many different types of art.
Some examples are ‘Paintings, Photography, Fabric design, Handicraft etc.,
Her art style was known in art history as ‘Photo montage’.

In most of her early artworks, her concepts were based on ‘Women in actual life’.
For examples: Women smoking, wearing skimpy clothing and working.
It seems as if though the artworks convey a strong message of ‘Fighting for gender equality’..
[Because women in her period were discriminated.]
As a result, expressing ‘Feminism’ as a type of expression in arts.

 

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Da-Dandy, photomontage, 1919

One of the popular artwork by Hannah Hoch was the Da-Dandy.
‘Dandy’ = ‘A men who cares a lot about this appearances and the clothings he wears’.
As explained earlier, Hannah Hoch fused the idea of ‘Dandy’ and ‘Women’ into ‘Da-Dandy’.
*[Amazing isn’t?]*

In this artwork, the women are seen wearing nice jewelries, fashionable hats, dress and heels this therefore justify the expression of ‘Female Dandies.
In addition, Hannah Hoch seems to invlove Dadaism in this artwork. She mention that the ‘monocle’ was a sign for the Dada which imply so.

 

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Strange beauty, photomontage, 1929

Another artwork by Hannah Hoch I find interesting is this Fremde Schönheit (Strange Beauty)

The ‘Strange Beauty’ shows a naked women lying on one side of her body with the genitals exposed.
What is ‘Strange’ is that the human head was replaced with a alien head wearing spectacles.
What is even stranger is the hidden message in this artwork.

  • White women = Germans women
  • Naked body = Identity
  • Gesture = Culture

The similar analysis I had with the ‘Da-Dandy’, I seems like Hannah Hoch focus her artwork on ‘Feminism’.

 

My opinion:

I was amazed by the abstract artworks by Hannah Hoch, I really like her works.
Her involvement in the Dada movement have deepen my understanding of a feminist art.
In addition, I like the idea of how each of her wonderful artworks holds a unique meaning and symbolism respectively.

 

Cut with the Kitchen Knife, Hannah Hoch, 1919


Lazar Markovich Lissitzky (El Lissitzky)

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Artworks: G7, The story of the little red square, Postman

El Lissitzky was a Russian artist within the constructivism art movement.

The primary use of his artworks was for political reasons and most served as a Propaganda for Soviet Union in the early 20th Centurymost served as a Propaganda for Soviet Union in the early 20th Century.
El Lissitzky made use of basic elements such as colours and basic geometric shape to convey political statements indirectly.
His artworks were influential and a success to constructivism art movement.

El Lissitzky was known for his ‘Proun’ series of artworks.

‘Proun’

English: Design for the confirmation of the new
Russian: Proekt utverzhdenia novoga

 

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Beat the whites with the red wedge, El Lissitzky, 1919

One of the popular artwork done by El Lissitzky is the ‘Beat the whites with the red wedge’.

In this constructivism artwork, El Lissitzky demonstrate a type of revolution by using simple geometric shapes to convey a story. For example, he made use of the ‘red colour’ and the penetrating triangle as a representation of the ‘Revolutionary fighters (Red fighters)’.

https://utopiadystopiawwi.wordpress.com/constructivism/el-lissitzky/beat-the-whites-with-the-red-wedge/

 

List of Artworks by El Lissitzky

http://www.moma.org/collection/artists/3569

 

My opinion:

Similar to Hannah Hoch, I like the idea of them encrypting messages in their artworks. By doing so, it engage the audience.
Furthermore, it is amazing how basic geometric shapes and colours can be incorporated to tell a story. The coexistence of different forms and shapes bring about the uniqueness and meaning in them.


Dada vs Surrealism vs Constructivism

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Dada art movement origins: 1916 in Zurich, Switzerland.

Surrealism art movement origins: Founded in Paris in 1924 by André Breton.

Constructivism art movement origins: Russia in 1913.


Chosen Poems.

I find these poems suitable as my project.

  1. *What does the bee do? – Christina Rossetti
  2. The Little Doll – Charles Kingsley

 

What does the bee do? – Christina Rossetti

What does the bee do?
Bring home honey.
And what does Father do?
Bring home money.
And what does Mother do?
Lay out the money.
And what does baby do?
Eat up the honey.

 

The Little Doll – Charles Kingsley

I once had a sweet little doll, dears,
The prettiest doll in the world;
Her cheeks were so red and so white; dears,
And her hair was so charmingly curled.

But I lost my poor little doll, dears,
As I played in the heath one day;
And I cried for her more than a week, dears;
But I never could find where she lay.

I found my poor little doll, dears;
As I played in the heath one day:
Folks say she is terrible changed, dears,
For her paint is all washed away,
And her arm trodden off by the cows, dears,
And her hair not at least bit curled:
Yet for old sakes’ sake she is still, dears,
The prettiest doll in the world.

The poem exemplifies climax and anti-climax nicely.
The ownhood is expressed even at the loss of outwardly appearance. -Makwana

Sketch Impression:

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High-Resolution Impression

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Conceptualisation

In my case, I believe Hannah Hoch ‘Feminist’ style is most suitable for my theme.
I would like to apply the ‘Photo-montage’ technique into my design, that is combining 2 or more images to form something new.
Although El Lissitzky style does not really works for my concept, it is definitely alright to study the use of ‘expressionism’ isn’t?
Interesting! Let’s get things moving!