Project 1B

Project 1B


Some say the world will end in fire,

Some say in ice.

From what I’ve tasted of desire I hold with those who favor fire.

But if it had to perish twice,

I think I know enough of hate

To say that for destruction ice

Is also great

And would suffice. – Robert Frost


For project 1B, I am to interpret the poem “Fire and Ice” by Robert Frost. At first glance, I could only interpret the poem as how the world would end, that it will end either by fire or ice. After much thoughts, I view the poem as the different struggles and emotional states that led to failure. These struggles and feelings may seem like a merit to some people, but if we allow ourselves to soak in these emotions, we will not be able to function properly as a human being.

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First off, I decided to paint an orb floating in the middle of a landscape and made the surface unnaturally smooth to give off a mysteries aura. If you look closely, you can see small little figures walking toward it. What I wish to interpret is that failure (represented by the orb), may looks like an unnatural path for many, but it is a necessary one. All humans will fail someday. While it looks weird, mysteries and horrifying, we will never know what is like on the other side until we fail.


For the second piece, I have illustrated a barren land with raw rock formation. As you can see, there are people traversing through the landscape. For the color palette, I chose mostly brown and warm colors, and keep it monochromatic. I am illustrating passion. Like fire, passion is uncontrollable, raw and unrefined, so is the mountainous scenery in this piece. All the figures that is traversing through the region is the interpretation of human lusting for passion.



Lastly, I painted a snowy mountain with a castle in the distances. Keeping to the same theme, I have also included people marching through the landscape. For the color palette, I decided to use warm colors for where the light touches, and cold colors for the shadow area, to create contrasts. This image is to represent the hatred that humans bear. The snowy mountain, may look smooth and pure on the outside, is occasionally disturb by jagged rocks and sharp stones, just like how man behave with revenge and hate in their mind. The people that is marching through the mountains is the interpretation of human saturating themselves with hate.

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If you have not realizes, all the three image can be rearrange and form a huge landscape. Like what you have seen, all these humanly emotions that all of us face is just a part of our lives, it does not paint the whole picture. But it is exactly all these struggles and failures that we accumulate throughout our whole life define who we are. So for the combined piece of work, I wish to express the walk of life, the different trails we overcame, thus making our life interesting and meaningful.

Composition wise, I uses the rule of thirds for all the paintings and make sure I don’t overcrowd each paintings with too many focus points. Reason being that all three paintings will eventually be combined together and too many focus points may led the viewer’s eye out of the image, some may even feel uncomfortable.





Author: Goh Cher See

I was Cher See

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