Nursery Rhyme: 2D Fundamentals Assignment 2

The finals for this assignment are as below:

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Two lines were each taken from two very different nursery rhymes.

Hey, Diddle, Diddle

The cat and the fiddle,

the  cow jumped over the moon.

The little dog laughed,

To see such fun,

And the dish ran away with the spoon.


The old woman and the shoe

There was an old woman who lived in a shoe.

She had so many children, she didn’t know what to do.

She gave them some broth without any bread;

Then whipped them all soundly and put them to bed.



Artist Reference

I referred to the dadaist movement and dada artist, Hannah Hoch. Also I looked at Cubism artist, Pablo Picasso, and photographer Grete Stern.

Hannah Hoch

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Photomontage: the process and the result of making a composite photograph by cutting,gluing, rearranging and overlapping two or more photographs into a new image. Sometimes the resulting composite image is photographed so that a final image may appear as a seamless photographic print.

I wanted to be able to build a photomontage and referred to Hannah Hoch’s works for reference. She is able to put disparate elements together and give them new meaning out of their original context.

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This was another interesting composition by Hannah Hoch, with an element of larger proportion imposed on a background of other elements. Such a simple method but an effective method of conveying much information in a photo.






Pablo Picasso



Picasso was heralded as the father of Cubism, and one of the piece he had made stayed in my mind. It was Violin hanging on the wall as seen on the left. Cubism aims to depict the many perspectives of a singular object or person, and as I came across different interpretations for the rhymes I was researching on, I felt that the idea of showcasing different perspectives for the rhymes could work here.






Grete Stern

Photographer Grete Stern helped modernised visual arts in Argentina; she also creates surreal photographs such as the one to the left. Using elements from different photographs, she puts pieces of differing proportions to create interesting photographs.

The photograph in black and white allows one to see the contrast between light and shadow.




Richard Hamilton

A famous photomontage, the piece to the left became a renowned representation of Pop Art. Using images from various sources, the piece is a collage of the familiar given new context. What does it mean for one element to be beside another in a similar image?

I seek to use this play on found cutouts as creation of new pieces in my pieces.




  1. The Cow Jumped over the moon

The first phrase I worked with was ‘The cow jumped over the moon’.

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Reference photo

From there, I wanted to show and make the viewer feel movement, therefore the decision to use the cows of increasing sizes over the moon. However it still felt rather static. This composition also felt a little flat to me, and I wanted to experiment with more methods.

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The second time, I chose between various shots of cows jumping, I settled on the one above.


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Reference photos

I was also inspired by scenes from the movies ‘Interstellar’ and ‘Sunshine’. How was Space depicted in these movies? Combining different elements, such as a picture of Earth, the curve of the moon with its craters, and a photo of the Milky Way, I created the images as below.

Final photo

Cow and Moon



Feedback: A shadow could perhaps be added along with a glow along the side of the moon; the moon reflects light from the sun. Sometimes it is also described as a mirror.


Gross looking shadow. More experimentation needed.

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Using the cow image on another layer but I decreased the opacity and filled it in with another colour, therefore I came across this result which I decide to use as a final piece.

The shadow adds a layer of depth to the piece; it suggests form.



2. The dish ran away with the spoon


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The moon to the top right was an attempt to connect this image to the previous cow image but I felt this piece did not work out. It was very different and felt very uninspired, which I was.


3. The Dog Laughed to see such fun

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I have a general idea (that I want the pieces to seem connected) but I feel the creative direction lacking here. The images turned out too different.


4. The Cat and the Fiddle

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The first response for this phrase was to show a cat playing the fiddle. How cliche. This was  my first attempt an depicting the phrase above but it needed more development.

Cat and the Fiddle

Here I attempted to show take the recognisable elements of a cat and combine it with the fiddle to show a new composition. But I really don’t think it worked out. The ears are obvious as cat ears to me but might not be to others. Also the final piece looks strange.


I have a soft spot for this image. Inspired by the common vase optical illusion art, I wanted to create one with the cat and the fiddle.

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Unfortunately the novelty of the optical illusion was to identify both elements and marvel at them, I don’t think I achieved that effect with my piece.


5. She had so many children she didn’t know what to do

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Instead of using physical items, e.g cats, fiddles, can I use something to represent presence?h The presence of children can perhaps be represented with footsteps haphazardly placed. The result was ghostly looking footsteps which might represent loss or even an uninvited presence. Nuh-uh, I decided not to use this piece.

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Using Hannah Hoch’s yellow piece above as inspiration, I attempted to create piece with varying proportions. The old lady’s face, made to look disgruntled or unsatisfied, was imposed on a background of various children.

6. There was an old woman who lived in a shoe



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There is a whimsical fairy-tale like mood here. The buildings are all in silhouette and the shoe stands out in stark contrast against the dark background. It almost feels like a scene from a picture book.

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This was the final piece selected. I thought, what if I put a local spin on the nursery rhymes? Hence the decision to put HDB flats as the old lady’s neighbours.



Author: Fernandez Leong

So done with Life sometimes but it's going to be okay~

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