Geometric vs. Organic Lines
Often, people mention that the world is black and white, and similarly, emotions through lines could have two derivatives, straight or organic. However, just like how that grey areas exist as well, the simple two derivative lines could be manipulated to create various patterns that explore the human condition. Through this project, I largely explored the differing effects and possibilities of straight and organic lines to convey emotions.
Straight lines, to me, symbolise rigidity and offer a sense of confinement. The lack of organic lines makes the image seem unnatural and lifeless, which allows me to feel uneasy and disturbed. I get the feeling as though spontaneity cannot exist here and is hence hostile to life’s twists and turns.
Influenced by Mondrian’s De Stijl paintings
The short lines that enhances the form of the swirly squiggles are placed closely together that they appear to be spikes, allowing the viewer to feel much discomfort that contrasts the supposed calmness that swirls usually offer. The combination of both leaves us paralysed in trying to distinguish whether we should feel calm or be affected by the overpowering horror that the short lines create.
Swirly inspiration from Piet Mondrian’s early tree paintings
The contrast in tone allows for the presence of a background and a foreground. It enables me to fill certain voids, yet still create a distinction for the tangled wave-like web that dominates in the foreground. It imparts the sense as though the dark web is actually coming towards the viewer. Through this, I was aiming to portray how the darkness overpowers the lighter areas, thus disabling the viewer to feel calm or have positive thoughts.
Mondrian lines with Chua Ek Kay’s influence
The thick and heavy lines in Kline’s paintings made me feel as though I was indirectly punched due to its boldness and strong black colour. However, the rigidity does not present a natural emotion to me, and hence I tried to apply his technique using a wavy lines. The wavy lines display a flow-like image, and when combined with Kline’s thick lines, one can feel trapped in a whirlwind. The dominating presence of the thick lines allow darker emotions to be overwhelm the viewer.
Wave-like lines with Franz Kline’s influence of thick and heavy strokes
Chua Ek Kay’s Street Scenes paintings evoke a sense of nostalgia through his fleeting strokes. I wanted to portray this feeling through simple and subtle wavy lines so that there is not much turmoil in the strip, being that the sense of nostalgia is not very hectic.
Wave-like lines with Chua Ek Kay’s influence
Turmoil created again through contrast in tone and the heaviness produced by the composition.
Uneasiness is created through the heavy and dark swirls that is outlined by the white borders. This was made by inverting the colours of the print.
Thin wavy lines create light and dreamy feeling – one that lacks discomfort and edges.
Going back to geometric lines, I attempted to create zig-zag lines – lines that are wave-like but very much controlled and full of edges.
The repetition of straight lines do not offer comfort yet the overwhelming presence of the white background crushes the dark emotions, but the unpredictable shapes still allows the feeling of restlessness.
The dominating presence of the grey lines show the in-between of the dark and light emotions.
Influenced by Chua Ek Kay chinese ink strokes
Giving geometric lines an organic feel. Lesser controlled lines are used, and not all are straight. The strokes create an all-over effect and allow a sense of life throughout the composition but not in a dominating kind of way.
All-over and uncontrolled lines created by splashes of paint. The variation in size and length displays vitality throughout the composition.
Inspired by Jackson Pollock’s all-over and drip paintings, though with lesser layers.
Mixture of Chua Ek Kay’s fleeting style and Pollock’s layers and all-over style.
Straight and spiky lines usually provoke intensity and a sense of harm.
Closely knitted lines display a sense of intimacy, yet the disrupted lines invoke an arousing feeling.
The play between subtle straight and curvy lines and the contrast between light and dark tones make the viewer confused and suspicious.
The use of thumbprints symbolically represent one’s identity. The overlapping of thumbprints and the lack of order and stability presents a strange feeling.