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CategoryProject 1 – Emo

2D Experiment

Further explorations at school and home.

Home experiments; bring out the scientist in me!

 

P_20160831_205442 Express Hurt/Sadness using alcohol wipes, tissue and cotton wool .

P_20160831_203642Putting another newsprint on top and rolling over it using wall paint roller!

IMG-20160911-WA0027[1]Turn out to be a complete fail because i use acrylic paint as the base so it dry up fast. Only the alcohol wraps is shown. i reused the blank space at the bottom and try out other mediums like sponge.

 

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Used a spinning top. The sharp line strokes that fly out in a circular manner reminded me of sparkler. I associated this to amazement.

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Rolling my toy car over the paper. Noticed the line is vivid in the start and slowly fade out with grid mark across.

 

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It is done using dish wire scrub to create a swirl. The lines created some are very thin and some are thick with a bit of wobbly. Confusion is seen here as the unsteadiness of the mind.

 

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LOTS OF GLUE- the mixture of tears and mucus. First line ink is spread using toothpick, second uses wire dish scrub, third uses cotton ball. Exploring Sadness.

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Dried appearance of glue. Like how its translucent sometime and create textured surface on the paper. I brought this piece to show Miss Joy during group consultation and she suggested i look into the properties of paper. So did I in my later stages of experiment!

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Throwing of materials- Anger/ Rage

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Result turn out disappointing because i wanted to see splatter brought out by throwing things.

Brought this up on group consultation and decided to reduce the amount of water and use more ink to get a bolder mark. (Suggested by Alyssa )

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Got the result i wanted! It definitely look angry to me now! Tried out rolling the balls on the paper too.

Preparing to cultivate mould on paper for Disgust

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Top 4 strips uses mascarpone cheese with different paper material and amount of water added to it. Lastly is overripe banana peel.

Forgotten to take photo of the end result after a few days. Basically the cheese didn’t rot after a few days which was against my expectation because it has the most moulds spotted compared to the other food in the youtube video.  Self-experiment is really important. The banana peels on the bleedproof paper rot fast, turning complete black and leave lots brownish tiny spots on where it was. The inner side of the peels were still a bit moist. Cartridge paper did not have quite a good result as the banana peels have dried off making it hard to remove from the paper. It didn’t rot as fast as the one on bleeding paper too.

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Bread moulds result was stunning, exactly how i wanted it to be in a short frame of 3 days.

 

 

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First try with cooking oil and water. Viscosity and diffusion applied. Like the effect of how ink particles doesn’t spread in oil while water does the exact opposite. Such an interesting result on one piece of paper.

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Trying out of different ink colour. White will fade as it break down into light grey in diffusion from oil to water.

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Like the glow of cooking oil against the light. Thought of using it for attraction

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Love the tiny vibrations on the thin line.

Wish i could replicate out the line. However after several trials of controlling the amount of oil with water and also where to put the oil so the big blop of water can “accidentally” interact with it. It was all futile attempts…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Flowers on monoprint

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Feel like longing to me. The gentle gradient background and the jarring white blank petal have such strong contrast. The image keep calling out to me to put the flowers back to its own spot.

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Failed piece. Look dull and flat.

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Did monoprint for many leaves to do collage.

 

white vinegar and oil create such interesting texture to the paper! The combination of them break up the ink molecules and freeze them leaving clusters of short frenzy lines. At some point it even look like scumbling with gradient. Definitely worth exploring more!

Saw an elephant! The body of the “elephant” remind me of brain and the frenzy line linked me up to Fear! Afterall fear is all in the state of mind!

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White vinegar and soda fuzzy and produce lots of bubbles. Really feel like a science experiment now 😀 However the result leave little to desire only grainy and slight smoky effect being noticed.

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Glue is coated before adding paint through syringe. Love the gentle flowing line and bubbles.

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Doesn’t this look like jellyfish?! <3 The bubbles made by the syringe are too thin so it cant last long before bursting. If it work, i would definitely go for AWE!

 

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White vinegar with oil. The result is not that striking as compared to black ink on white paper.

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Experimenting on the introverts’ emotion using white ink on black paper.

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Exploring on love, affection for extroverts

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Lastly ending with slippers print to conclude my end of experiments for now! Hahaha! jkjk! It on rejection- getting one emotion trampled by others.

 

This ends my length post of images.

Extroverts vs Introverts

The theme that i’m doing is on Extroverts vs Introverts.

 

Extroverts are outgoing, dramatic and expressive about their feelings. They get energized with a big groups of people and express their feelings in the raw state.

For this, i used primary and secondary emotions to show that they usually doesn’t filter their emotions regardless of where they are. They shine like a light in the public, so i usually use white paper to show their positiveness.

 

Introverts are shy,soft-spoken, passive, usually like to be alone and tend to think before speaking.

For this, i use tertiary emotions and black paper to express their complex feelings and their mental state.

 

 

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As there can only be 3 not an even number of emotions in each category, i struggled to show the contrast emotions between extroverts and introverts. As such i decided to tell in a story format for the reason behind the placement of the lines.

 

Extroverts

Their origin of Love come from their family.

They have a strong Affections for being with people.

Being with their big group of friends make them Joyful.

They get lots of different emotions through the conversation with their friends such as Surprise or Stupefy when their friends said something super dumb.

Anger and Rage intertwined when they see someone they treasured get bullied.

 

There are times that they will feel Sad and Fear too because we are all humans.

 

Introverts

When they are Attracted to someone, they would behave Awkwardly in front of them. This make them feel Embarrassed and wish they could do better. Getting rejected by the one they love is like a shot in the heart, leaving Sorrow in them. People’s conflicts Disgust them and they would avoid them at all cost. They like their own personal space and not having it is akin to Claustrophobic. They like to Enjoy life, find Amazement in it  and can be Lyrical sometimes too.

 

EXTROVERTS

 

Love

love

Process: My family and mine thumbprints on to the paper

Reasoning: All love origin from family so i used it. Elegant, gestural strokes show that the beautiful, timeless love between parents and child. The strokes are all connected no matter how fragile they seen to be. It show that no matter how tense or distance the relationship is, there will always be a line of connection that is unbreakable.

 

 

Affection

affection

Process: My thumbprints

Reasoning: Somehow i was reminded of the love between extrovert and introvert. Extrovert tend to be more affectionate while introvert is passive. I use the gestural wind like movement in the beginning and show my thumbprints “chasing” after the wind (introvert), wanting to show affection.

 

Joy

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Process: Collage of monoprint leaves.

Reasoning:  Extroverts get their joy from being with people. Life is normally link to plant, so i want to use collage of plant to represent the people in extroverts’s life. For which i cut into different shapes of circles to show different part of leaves kind of like puzzle.

Problem: Initially thought of using milk, drops of paint and dish soap to create Joy. With the introduction of soap to the pool of milk with ink drops, there is a chemical reaction creating waves and pushing the ink into random direction. Feel like Joy for extrovert is like this because they would bounce everywhere when they are joyful or excited.

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Surprise

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Process: Syringe with white ink from high angle

Reasoning: Conversation is like injection of information from external source without the pain factor. Shock is expressed through the sharp pointy lines emerged from the spots of ink.

Problem: Initially wanted to show the flow of electricity on paper. Theory is use ferrofluid and spread it on a paper with saltwater. Ferrofluid is a liquid that has magnetic properties. Saltwater is a good conductor of electricity. Create a electrolytic cells connecting one end of battery to iron element and other to copper element. Since electricity affect the magnetic field, there maybe unexpected result on the movement of ferrofluid. Even without the magnet, ferrofluid may move itself because it contain iron in it so it may move towards copper element. However all this is just theory without experiment.

Tried making ferrofluid using laser jet toner and vegetable oil. Laser jet toner is said to contain iron particles so when magnet is near it, the liquid will become a ball of spikiness.  However the toner in my house doesn’t have iron in it strangely. I feel disappointed to end an experiment that i was eager to work on.

 

Ferrofluid

Ferrofluid attracted to magnet

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Even with the biggest magnet, it didn't work :(

Even with the biggest magnet, it didn’t work 🙁

 

Stupefy

stupefy

Process: Syringe with ink from high angle and dabbling it with tissue.

Reasoning: The grey effect from using tissue to dabble it dull the whole picture. This reminded me of the brain stopped working because of the stupidity of the information.

 

Anger

anger

Process: Throwing with golf ball and cotton ball and ink.

Reasoning: Throwing things in anger to show the emotion on paper. Controlled the amount of paint mix with water to get a bold splatter effect from the golf ball. From the left to the right, the anger get stronger as the imprint get more bolder.

 

 

Rage

rage

Process: Punching with a plastic glove on

Reasoning: A larger intensified emotion is released out by punching. Plastic gloves created jagged lines because of the creases. The composition has more tension to it.

 

Sad

sad

Process: Ink and glue

Reasoning: Extroverts are positive. Even though they are sad, it only for a while because they overcome it easily. Hence I didn’t cover up the whole paper with black. The streaks of black lines has mostly stop flowing down and so did not cover up that column on the left. I want to show that they have stopped feeling sad and start to go back to their cheerful self.

 

Fear

fear

Process: Oil, white vinegar and ink.

Reasoning: Fear is all in the state of mind. It started out small with you breathing normally. As it progress, the fear manifested and you gasping for air. Eventually everything will calm down and return to normal. This whole line is done by the difference viscosity of white vinegar and oil to show the separation as seen on the left. Ink on the oil form small bubble like people breathing underwater. The short chaotic line caused by the white vinegar resembled the brain undergoing a shock state from fear.

 

INTROVERTS

 

Attraction

attraction

Process: Cooking oil, flower

Reasoning: Introverts does not express their emotions out well. On the surface they look like a blank paper, unreadable emotions. If they like someone, they will always be by their side, watching them and giving all their best to help the person. Deep down, their love for them is glowing like a bright star! Therefore i use the property that cooking oil glow under the light to show their deep attraction.

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Doesn’t seem to glow too well because it’s been a few days already.

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This is how the glow effect work at their best.

 

Awkward

awkward

Process: Separation using cooking oil and water. Ink dripped at the end.

Reasoning: Using the different viscosity of the two liquids, the ink pattern will be different. With the ink molecules maintaining their round form unable to blend in with the oil to the fluidity of ink inside water region, awkwardness is achieve. This show the feeling of introverts wanting to blend in with people and wish to “flow” well in conversation but they cant shake off the awkwardness.

 

Embarrassment

embarrass

Process: Glue, ink spread with cardboard sheet.

Reasoning: Introverts get embarrassed easily. Overload the newsprint with glue will change the property of the paper making it translucent. I made the cross sign throughout the line to represent the unwillingness to be in view. However in reality as much as we want to hide away from people out of embarrassment, we cant do that. Hence, the see through hole in the middle of each “X”.

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Sorrow

sorrow

Process: Glue and ink spread with wire dish scrub.

Reasoning: Glue is a mixture of tears and mucus. To spread it with dish scrub with make the lines looks messy showing  unsteadiness of one emotions. Hugh amount of black ink moving down represent the amount of tears flowing down, almost darkening one world. Introverts can be too emotional sometimes.

 

Disgust

disgust

Process: Rubbing mold bread on to the paper

Reasoning: There is no better way to express disgust than to use the rotten food to evoke that emotion. Rubbing rotten bread spread the moulds onto the paper. I can still smell the rotten bread in my room when i lay out the paper 🙁  I swirl the rotten food on the paper and let nature take its course on the paper. The end result is quite good as it look like waves of disgust about to consume me.

(PLEASE LOOK AWAY IF U HAVE PHOBIA OF MOULDS)

 

 

 

 

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Moulds grow fast in my hostel than at home. Took 3 days only to become this state. Worry about my current state of living now.

 

Claustrophobic 

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Process: lighted incense

Reasoning: Introverts value their personal space. If taken away from them, in extreme case, they would have claustrophobic.

Showed a path of space getting narrower as it goes further. Eventually they give in to their fear and get trapped. Played with  positive and negative spaces to tell the story. Used fire to show the unpleasantness of nature because incense create smoke and weird smell which i don’t like.

 

Enjoyment

enjoy

Process: Oil, water and ink

Reasoning: Introverts enjoy being in small company. This image reminded me of the game called catching, I used to play that with my friend when i’m very young. The two slightly bend. gestural big dots with gradient shows movement. The smaller dots and ink in the water region pointing at the same direction towards the big dots add tension to the picture.

 

Amazement

amaze

Process: Spinning top with block ink.

Reasoning: The sharp rapid movement of lines in circular manner reminded me of sparkler. I would always feel amazed seeing fire shot out of it and yet i’m at such a close distance feeling oddly safe and loving it.

 

Lyrical

lyrical

Process: Spinning top with acrylic paint.

Reasoning: With the use of a heavier density paint, the line created are thicker. I rolled my spinning top over some big blob of acrylic to spread it. The uncontrollable stroke create spontaneity in the paper, expressing lyrical.

 

The problems i faced in this project is the abstract nature of it making me hard to understand and see the link between things. It was hard for me to come up with a theme become i cant link my emotions.  When i came up with a  theme which is ninja’s fighting style, it is very vague and abstract again. Talking with my classmates and listening to the group consultation is very beneficial for me. I have a much clearer view and approach on how i want to start on my new theme- Extroverts and Introverts. I feel that this project help to train my sensitiveness to object and get in touch more deeply with my emotions. I deeply enjoy the experimenting part of it.  Connect with my geeky side 😀

 

Specials thanks to Miss Joy for her guidance, Hui Min for her many suggestions and tons of help, Clara for leading me to a path and people in group consultation.

 

 

Monoprinting 1

First lesson on monoprinting.

Doesnt know what to expect, so i brought lots of things that could not be used in machine press.

Things that i brought: chocolate bar ( the sides have jagged pattern), wire ball dish scrub, spinning top, mini toy car, sponge, feather and leaves and twigs that i got on the way to school.

Rolling on the linomat to get an even coating. Reminded of wall painting

 

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First try! So curious how its gonna look!

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Thought i did something wrong only to know i have to do reverse mono-print

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Not bad for 1st time. Like the small burst of light at the bottom that look like sparkler. Amazed at how the sandy twigs that i picked up create such an unexpected surprise

 

 

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Leaf imprint

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Achieved with the brown string in the lab

Here are two of my favorite pieces. Both have the gradient effect and were done through machine press.

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Wires that drop out from dish scrub look like moving microorganism in the print.

Using plastic wrap and leftover string imprint from previous monoprint, the focus is at the plastic print leading to the slight visible trail of the strings.

This made me think that i can control the emphasis and tone i want on the subject by playing with the amount of imprint i get from it.

Other important things to note are the control of pressure and the choice of medium to get the imprint.

 

Research into what is Mark Making?

  • What is Mark Making?

Mark making is a term used to to describe the different lines, patterns, and textures we create in an artwork.

It applies to any materials we use on any surfaces. A dot made with a pencil, a line created with a pen, a swirl painted with a brush, these are all types of mark making.

 

  • Approach of Mark Making

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Mark making can be loose and gestural, or structured and controlled. Scribbles, splatters and throwing techniques, mobilize every thing u can find in your house like scrub brush, forks, coat it in paint and try it out!

  • Artists on Mark Making

Cy Twombly

His paintings of large-scale, freely-scribbled, calligraphic and graffiti-like works on solid fields of mostly gray, tan, or off-white colors.

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Untitled (1970)

Oil-based house paint and crayon on canvas

For this work, Twombly’s composition has taken inspiration and form from ideas of handwriting or mark-making.

It is the largest of a group of grey-ground works he created evoking blackboards covered in chalk writing.His continuous loops and scrawls were inspired, in part, by handwriting drills, Twombly’s repetitive, rhythmic drawing does not create specific words.

The painted background creates a luminous glow suggesting a potentially enlightened state of mind and being, as the artist – and by extension humanity – frantically, and perhaps futilely, summons the “logos” or word, making marks to name things and trying to understand them

Kitty Sabatier

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Her works of graphic drawings and paintings in ink and watercolours are beautiful and have a zenlike quality about them. Her confidence in using minimal lines and washes to protray a dyanmic and expressive work is something i want to try out.

References

http://painting.about.com/od/artglossarym/g/definition-mark-making.htm

http://www.kittysabatier.com/

http://www.theartstory.org/artist-twombly-cy.htm

Random ideas on Mark Marking

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