Moving into the second week of Project 1 – My Line is Emo, we were given the chance to experiment the different techniques using materials that were brought from home.
Before that, we were given a snapshot of Modern Art for further knowledge and reference during the first half of the lesson.
Art Nouvea | French Pronunciation: aʁ nuvo
Essentially, Art Nouvea refers to ‘New Art’ in french. It is an ornamental style of art that flourished between 1890 and 1910 throughout Europe and the United States.
- Organic, flowing lines (‘Whiplash’) – forms resembling the stems and blossoms of plants.
- Geometric forms such as squares and rectangles.
Influences on Art Nouvea:
|Arts & Movement Crafts||Japonisme|
|Rose as a movement against the mass production age of industrial revolution.||‘Japanese woodblock movement ‘ – Contains floral and bulbous form & whiplash curves.|
Key Ideas of Art Nouvea:
Desire to abandon the historical styles & establish the movement’s modernism.
Revive Good Workmanship
- To raise the status of craft.
- To produce genuinely modern design that reflected the utility of the items they were creating.
Overturn the Academic System
- The then academic system underpinned the widespread belief that media is superior to crafts.
- To abolish the traditional hierarchy of art.
Form Follows Function
- To avoid as excessively ornamental (appear as frivolous decoration).
- To evolve the belief that the function of an object should dictate its form.
Moving onto the second half of the lesson, we got started on our mark-making pieces. Inserted in the below are some of the more successful pieces.
Ideology | Using a string, I wanted to portray the emotion – Fear. Fear itself, is an unpleasant emotion caused by the threat of danger, fear and/or harm. Representatively, fear is where our emotions are tangled into one big ball of mess.
Methodology | In this case, I have chosen a ball of yarn as the representative tool to portray the emotion – Fear.
How I went about using the yarn, was to:
- Have a mixture of yarns of different lengths as a representative of the mixed feelings
- Lay it onto the board and apply a layer of black ink over it.
- Using a roller, roll across the board such that the yarns are tangled in the roller.
- With that, roll the roller tangled with yarn on the paper to create the intended effect.
2. Crushed Paper
Ideology | Using a crushed paper, I wanted to portray the emotion – Anger. Anger itself, is a strong feeling of annoyance, displeasure and hostility.
Methodology | In this case, I have chosen to use a crushed paper as a representation of how when one is angry, they would have a strong tendency to destroy or crush something.
How I went about using the crushed paper, was to:
- Crush a waste paper.
- Apply a layer of black ink onto the board and dabbed the crushed paper all around the board.
- Lay the paper onto the board, allowing the paper to take in the black ink and hence, that’s how the print is being created.
3. Dried Baby Breaths
Ideology | Using the dried baby breaths, I wanted to portray the emotion – Love. Love itself, resembles a flower that’s blossoming.
Methodology | In this case, I chose to use dried baby breaths as the representative tool to portray the emotion – Love.
How I went about using the baby breath, was to:
- Gather a bunch of baby breath and leave it to dry for a few days.
- Once dried, lay the baby breath such that it forms the structure of blooming flower.
- Apply a layer of black ink over the individual baby breath.
- Lay the paper over the inked baby breath and sooth out to ensure full coverage, and that’s how the print is being created.
4. Imprints of Scratch-marks
Ideology | Using my finger-nails to scratch the paper, I wanted to portray the emotion – fear. Fear itself, normally leads to one feeling stressed out hence, the scratch marks.
Methodology | In this case, I chose to use my finger nails as the representative tool to portray the emotion – Fear.
How I went about using my fingernail, was to:
- Apply a layer of black ink onto the board.
- Lay the paper over the board.
- Using my fingernails, I went ahead to scratch the paper as crazily as possible, and that’s how the print is being made.
That concludes process of the more successful pieces and hopefully, I’ll be able to conceptualise and create better pieces in the coming week.