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Once Upon a Scent

Darkness, space…. then an aroma strike you and bring you on a journey——->Scents

Chocolate Analysis + Research

Scent-sation

Who would expect we get to eat in our first lesson of class? It was an awesome way to start the class! The chocolates I had satisfied my hungry stomach lifting my mood for an early morning. Our task is to use our senses to taste and smell the chocolate we were given and link it to our memory. Before the mini class activity start, the lights were off so our senses will be more acute since our eyesight were blinded. After each chocolate tasting, we were given a small piece of bread to eliminate the remaining chocolate taste before we begin a new piece of chocolate.

Here’s my analysis on the three chocolates I had tasted. I had slight sore throat and blocked nose. I hope my analysis won’t be that far off from the rest. ]

 

Chocolate A

Feel: Smooth. This seemed like a typical chocolate that can be found in supermarket.

Smell: Slightly bitter and smelled like dark chocolate.

Taste: Hard and slowly break down. Bitter to slightly spicy. The more chocolate I bit, the spicier the finishing taste was. I guessed the spicy come from cayenne pepper.

Memory: As the taste reminded me of cayenne pepper, I remembered my horrible cooking in the past. I added too much of this into my noodle soup and the whole bowl tasted so spicy and not even savory. I had to finish the whole thing because wasting food is bad. This just made my nose leaked the whole time.

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Chocolate B

Feel: Textured surface in round shape. It felt like a luxurious chocolate.

Smell: Slightly bitter like dark chocolate.

Taste: The taste was smoother than the previous chocolate. There’s a sour taste. It seemed like alcohol is added in. Unlike the spicy flavor that slowly kicked in and lingered in chocolate A, this sour taste came strong in the beginning and faded quick. At the end after eating, I felt disgusted somehow, my heart had the sicky feeling, not sure why.

Memory: I recalled myself drinking low alcohol percent of red wine. Pretty meh.

 

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Chocolate C (The crowned winner!)

Feel: There are small humps and rougher texture on one side.

Smell: Slight salty savory smell.

Taste: Crunchy. It tasted like hollow air biscuit. The biscuit is light and airy so it gets crushed easily when bite. Initially there wasn’t much of a taste at the start then the sweet and savory slowly appear at the end.

Memory: I was horrified when I touched the chocolate because the humps reminded me of fake spider legs. I was on the verge of throwing the chocolate on the floor. My logical side stopped and calmed me down by telling me, “The last one can’t be some weird shit. It felt like it… but nope it can’t be. She won’t feed us spider chocolate.” Pinning my hope on it as Ms. Cheryl can’t be a psycho. The smell made a 180⁰ change on my perspective. The slight salty savory smell reminded me of a Malay snacks served in a cone paper during my primary school days. My school held some Malay festival so there are booths that sell Malay snacks. I had a lot of fun with my friend trying out things we usually don’t get in our canteen. This made me curious, wanting to taste it because it’s so rare to have my feelings changed so fast from nightmare to first love.

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Research

 

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This diagram show different parts of our tongue is responsible for different basic taste. To be honest, when I was tasting the chocolates I feel that every part of my tongue seems to taste the various tastes. Hence, I researched and discovered the tongue map is a myth. The research of Edwin Boring and Virginia Collings revealed that all tastes can be detected anywhere there are taste receptors which is all around our tongue. Only that the degree of sensitivity varies at some areas of our tongues leading scientists to assumed areas with low sensitivity were areas of no sensitivity.

Tongue Myth Debunked

Does our nose works the same way as the tongue?

Air travels pass the millions of olfactory receptors on the roof of nasal cavity. Odor molecules stimulate the receptors that sent signal through the olfactory nerve to the bulb. Signal from the bulb spark memory in the brain. 80% of the flavors we tasted come from what we smell. That’s a lot from our nose.

Fun fact: Humans can recognize 10000 different odors but no two people sense the same things.

Nose Anatomy

 

21 Smells 90’s Girls Will Never Forget

I saw this article on BuzzFeed. This seem to be an interesting topic to work with in Singapore Context like toys we play at Mama shop when we were young. That will be so nostalgic and fun to go back to those days.

 

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A unique tear drop exhibition on smell and memory but i think its hard to pull off. Each person has their individual interpretation on a same object like wood smell can be interpreted as burnt wood, wood after a raining day, etc. I think they probably get the most distinct smell that everyone can recognize to evoke the memory of the place or object.

Tear Drop Exhibition

 

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A creative installation that explore Singapore through scent. I wonder how Yishun smell like? Will there even be a distinct smell that make me recognize it?

Scent Map Singapore

 

Make your own Smell memory amulet! It records smell like camera. So advanced and simple to create. I want a floral light refreshing scent to calm my nerves at all times.

Smell Amulet Kit

 

As I was researching, I reminded of the Poke-Senses box game I created for my portfolio to enter ADM. The rules are simple. There are nine holes containing different things to feel. Some are nasty and some feel good. Basically, poke your finger into the hole at the start line and try to navigate your way out. At the end, there will be two path; one good and another will chopped off your finger just kidding but it will hurt.

Me, My Blood in Colours

 

I had a lot of fun and sufferings in this project but if i looked at the photos, its all worth it! *with tears in my eyes*

I have finally created an Instagram because i’m quite happy with the photos i took. The first few posts will be on them! Follow me @ y.up.g.downv if u guys want to see it! Haha!

 

Without further ado, these are my previous posts of ego projects for better understanding on my project:

Concept and Artists Research

Disastrous Day and Video

 

So let’s get down to my longest post ever!

 

Everyone of us is unique. We certainly don’t fit into the characteristics of our blood group sometimes. This whole compositions show the contrast between my blood type like how i’m expected to behave according to the characteristics of B blood group and how i will actually react in that situation.

 

Colour Representation of me and my blood type

 

ME- Blue

I have always feel that i’m a passerby in my life. There is no where I truly belong. Rather than giving a form to me, I have chosen to represent myself in blue hue to show traces of me that i have been here. Blue is limitless like the sky, so carefree, relaxing and deep like the ocean, sad and lonely. Whenever u saw blue in the reality rows of compositions, you have spot me!

B- blood group- Yellow

People with b- blood type are generally creative, carefree, passionate and live in the moment. I feel that yellow represent them the best because it is the colour of sunshine. It show joy, happiness, spontaneous and energy.

 

Compositions 

With reference to the blood comic personality, People with B-type blood tend to ignore teacher’s instruction to stay behind the line. They would simply cross the line even though the teacher is looking. They are rebellious and don’t confine to rules. This is how the narration goes for this row: With b-type’s creativity, they will think of ways to have fun. Asking them to obey rules is impossible. Instead, rules become their playground. They will break rules for fun to get reactions. Therefore they are always rebellious.

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Medium: Food dye, water, medicine droppers and transparency paper

Process: Food dye mixed with water and dripped using a medicine dropper. To have a bright yellow background, yellow transparency paper is put on top of a board. Water is added on the surface of the paper so that sculptures can be created when liquid is dripped on the puddle. It’s the same for the blue composition except it is done in a bowl.

 

B Type’s Creativity: The juxtaposition of the pillar, crater and tiny water droplet at the top of the crater is a rare image captured in that split second. Creativity is essentially a burst of ideas flowing out in that moment. There are different forms within that circle giving the impression that lots of ideas is going inside b type’s mind. Following the darker orange hue from the droplet to the crater, crater to pillar and finally going to the edge of the circle. It tell the whole process of brainstorming like how an idea branches out into much more ideas and ultimately having a solid concept and all that is left is to execute it. Orange is used to show the creativity and energy.

 

Obey Rule: If u ask them to obey rule, they will simply disregard it. The pillar signify rule. The vertical line of the pillar express authority and rigidness like how rules is inflexible and demand people to follow. The pillar is straight and tall yet very thin. It relates to how b type think about rule. Living in Singapore, the city of rules, the pillar become very tall, containing a list of things to comply. However, they don’t care about it. Hence, the pillar is fragile and broken at the top. Dark blue is used to show the seriousness of rule.

 

Rebellious: Being rebellious, they can’t be control and will break through anything that is holding them back. The water droplet having the motion line of it flying upwards expresses the freedom it felt from escaping out of the thick walls of rules that is trapping it.

For each composition, monochromatic is used to depict how B type people feel and react in a rule setting where everything is systematic and follow one order. Hence a single colour. However if you look at it in a big picture, the 3 compositions form a complementary colour scheme. It show their defiant to rule. If you want them to do this way, they will react differently from your expectation.

For those who is questioning where’s yellow since it supposed to be the representation colour for B-type. Isn’t orange a mix of red and yellow? 😉 A combination of courage and creativity by B.

 

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In contrast to the expectation of how i’m supposed to fit into the stereotype mold of my blood type characteristics, the real me is a lot more tamer and serious.

Medium: Food dye, medicine droppers and water

 

My Shyness: I’m a very shy person.  I will always be hiding in my shell and putting up walls against people to protect myself. For this photo, i did not only frame the water sculpture but more of the background as well. This is to create my small existence in the vast space to further emphasize my shyness in any environment. I decided to choose purple to represent my shyness because it is a mix of blue and pink which equal to me blushing.

 

Obey Rule: I’m quite a health nut and set rules for myself to live a healthy life. I follow a strict diet of not eating after 9 and not eating any unhealthy snacks including cup noodles. The stable pillar and same visual weight of the water droplets show the consistency I strive in my daily life.

 

Hidden Courage: On the surface, I look like a calm and obedient person. Someone who follow the rules just like the serene gentle feel this image give off and how water droplet follow the nature’s rules and create ripples of waves on the surface. However, if u look at the core, u will discover the darker side of me. I will summon my courage and break the rules if needed to. Sometimes when i overslept and woke up after 9, i would still eat the dinner my parents bought for me because I don’t want to waste food. I also trespassed restricted area to guide my 4D teammates (Yi Ling and Clara) to a filming location that i had found.  I decided to use blue as that is what people associate it with water. I want to create the impression that everything look normal on the surface and create my alter ego with its shade.

Monochromatic is used just like the above compositions because it is in a rule setting. This time, if u look at the compositions together, it is analogous cool to show my calm and quiet personality. They tend to retreat into the space because they are easy on the eye just like me who like to hide in the background.

 

I shoot all these on the water surface using the dripping method because i want to show that rule is everywhere around us. For example, when we go on mrt we can see a bunch of rules like “no eating” sign or else fined. Hence i want to show the interaction of liquid in air to convey the idea.

 

Before i start off the next two rows of composition, here’s a question to refresh your mind.

What do u think is the most efficient way of study for b- type? Is it continuously study, speaking out loud to memorize thing or start from the most difficult subject?

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It is starting from the toughest subject!

B type people get distracted easily so if they do the thing they hate the most, they can use the remaining time to rush out their favourite subject.

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Medium: Food dye, acrylic paint, milk, liquid, medicine droppers and syringes.

B-Type in school: B type are fun loving and spontaneous. They will be all over the place in school looking at things they are curious. Hence I make the yellow liquid having a sense of freedom, flying and widely spread out so that our attention with be on it first. The other colours representing their friends are rooted to the ground. For this image, i dripped droplets of different colours into the fish tank at the same time. I mixed milk to yellow food dye so that it will be denser than the rest making it sink faster. It will also have more visual weight because it is more opaque than others. This image had been inverted.

 

Study: Study require a balance between social life, school work and family time. It is fundamental for everyone so i used primary colour and asked my parents to shoot out the liquids using syringes underwater in a triangle manner. This is so that they will all collide showing they are of equal importance with b-type’s personal interest gaining slightly more priority.

 

Distracted: The measuring cup is a metaphorical representation of the subject that b-type people dislike as it follow a systematic order similar to rules. Hence they escape out to be free in the sky like the air bubbles escaping out from the measuring cup and going to the water surface. The constant motion of the air bubbles reflect how b-type people are unable to keep still as they are always distracted. Blue is seen around the cup to show the reluctance to study that topic. A ring of red is used to show passion and desire to escape out . Ultimately it become joyful after it escaped. Hence yellow occupied the largest space.

 

Triadic colour is used for this rows to show that in school, we are expected to juggle many things; school work, co-curriculum activities and personal time. Hence we need to strike a balance in our life.

In fact, shooting triadic compositions is pretty hard. It require two people to pour the liquids in. A strong chemistry and teamwork is needed to sync and add the liquids in time with the same amount of pressure to get these results.

 

 

 

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Medium: Food dyes, acrylic, water, medicine droppers, milk and heavy whipping cream.

Me in My Room: My room is quite a mess. It is always clustered with things because i’m an art student. *Ahhem* ( Excuses) I used colours to represent the mess i’m living in, the small negative space is where i’m working. I layered the colours as a metaphorical representation of the things in my room according to how often i used or touch them. As a refresh, blue hue represent me. Hence the objects closest to me has to be my bed and my homework.  Yellow is the banana smell in the room because I would always forgot to eat them until the aroma comes out. Lastly, red belong to the my roommate’s side in the room. I used the medicine dropper and draw circles in the fish tank according to blue, red and yellow. I used blue and yellow food dye mix with acryllic and red acrylic with milk. The viscosity of food dye spread the blue colour out quickly so everything has to be done fast or the blue will occupy the whole tank.

Study: Study is the most important thing to me. I would neglect my own health and didn’t spend much time with my friends and family. It is reflected in the big bubble, having the most visual weight, is on the top while smaller bubbles are at the bottom. The smaller bubbles representing my family and friends and my own health are significantly smaller because i think of them less than study. Blue signify my study, red shows my family and friends because of my feelings towards them and the dull yellow reflects my unhealthy body.

Sleep: Whenever i want to study, i would often feel very tired and end up sleeping and waking up to study then fall asleep again. My stamina is very low when it come to studying despite my desire to do well. For this photo i used heavy whipping cream mixed with different colours to create the density so that it would have a cloudy effect like i’m in my dream world. Pastel colours is used to enhance the dreamy effect. Bright lights at the top is a metaphor for my conscious entering the portal of dreamworld and sinking deep as i fall into a deep sleep. There are yellow and green hues at the back as my conscious enter the portal to show the peaceful and happy state i’m in because i get to sleep.

 

It is mostly triadic compositions for this row same as the above row except for the last one. Analogous is used to narrate sleep to create a peaceful and relaxing feeling whenever i get to sleep. It is also the time when i forget about my study so i want to use a different colour scheme to express that idea.

 

All these rows of compositions, i shoot it underwater because i feel that study is deep in the mind. Thus, i want to show the density and weight of knowledge occupying our mind.

 

My Goals

 

Consistency

Over the weeks, my artworks have been all over the place like me. Being a very curious person, i like to explore lots of new things. Looking at my classmates’ works, i realized that consistency have been a missing element in my project. For this project, it became one of my prime focus which i feel that i did quite well.

Minimise the usuage of Photo Manipulation

I have to admit that i had failed for some image. As my concept is on self-esteem; seeking the uniqueness/beauty in an ordinary me, i hoped to achieve it without relying too much on photo manipulation. That would become artificial beauty. It’s like going for plastic surgery to  boost my self-esteem and not seeking the true beauty within me that make me special. Hence my goal was to only do the basic post production:

  • Cleaning up the background
  • Enhancing the contrast and saturation
  • Subtle color corrections (but no colour manipulation)
  • Cropping  and straightening the image correctly
  • Sharpening the image

However i had to go beyond the boundaries i had set for myself for some photos because of these reasons:

  •  Restriction on image size

Due to the given size, the liquids in some of my underwater images were out of frame. I had to move them and adjust them into the position i wanted within the frame.  After the process of moving it, the outcome of which liquid had been manipulated became very obvious as it can’t be sharpen and have a stark contrast with other liquids.

  • Unexpected good shot that fit into my narration

I had spend a long time planning on the colour harmony, tone and the juxtaposition of colours to emphasize the core colour. I did have some decent shots that fit into my colour scheme without have to manipulate the colour. However there will be the chance moment when i captured the perfect image that express the idea much stronger than the previous ones. Hence i had to manipulate the colour to fit my compositions.

 

Photos before Major Manipulations

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Problems

 

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Depending on the complexity of my composition, it may take about 10-15 photos to get 1 or 2 photos that are suitable for my composition. It roughly took me about 1 hour to get one decent photo. Some photo take more than an hour. Time pass really fast when i’m doing liquid art photography. Its quite a mundane, repetitive and stressful process. Setting up the perfect environment for the shoot alone take up few hours already. Lots of lighting adjustment to do to get the studio effect and changing of water to clear away the polluted water. After each refill, the camera had to be refocus again. The fish tank is great to use for the shooting and but it takes up a lot of time fill it up and too heavy to carry by myself.

 

Colour Printing

As yellow represent the spontaneous in my blood type, the colour has to be bright and cheerful. I tested with different printers. The school printer gave a dull colour but sharper image. Although my home printer had a bright yellow, the resolution was bad. There were lines. In the end, the one that gave the best result was the printer out of school.

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(Sorry for the bad resolution taken from my phone)

The one on the left is printed from home while the right is by ADM.

 

Tough to do it alone without proper equipment

I can never imagine completing the project without my friend’s help. If he didn’t guide me the along the technical aspects and bring all his equipment especially the remote trigger which is an important tool to let me take photo by myself, i would have scrap away the whole concept. It took a lot of mental multitasking and deep concentration to do this alone. Squeezing the medicine dropper with one hand while clicking the remote on another. Checking the photos is another hassle until i suggested wireless streaming of photo into his laptop as i recalled seeing it before. He brought out his cable and connected his camera to his laptop. Photo taken on the spot is uploaded to lightroom and i can view at ease from a distance. All hail to technology and Siong June! My knees are saved from having to go up and down the bed frame continuously. He also helped out with the shoots when i do not have enough hands as i had to pour the colours into the tank. Also with the macro lens, its definitely much sharper and produce beautiful clear images. However if the liquid is not aim properly at the focus point, it create a blur image. Hence the D.I.Y stand is very important to eliminate errors and save time from needing to take more shoots.

 

Despite all the hardships, i really like the imaginative visual created from liquid art photography. Looking at the photo, i feel that all my efforts are worth it. Siong June and i have agree to team up to work on this project over the holidays! Yayy!! Initially i wanted to add cymatics in to my compositions but i can’t find a suitable speaker for it. Maybe i will try that out too!

 

 

 

Disastrous Day and Video

Okay its time to do this!

After plenty of research and much planning on the colour choices and compositions that i want to create, what’s left is to experiment.

My goal for project is to reduce the usage of photo manipulation as much as possible afterall i want to show the uniqueness of liquid in its natural form. Hence i did much careful planning on the colour theory for each images i have in mind.

My friend who is very knowledgeable in photography had kindly agree to guide me through the technical aspects on setting up the right environment for the shoot and using the camera. Before that, i had tried using a Nikon camera borrowed from school and the result was horrible. I didn’t manage to capture a decent photo so i was very grateful for Siong June’s help.

Day 1 of the Shoot

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These are the medium i used in my shoot.

Others are bowls, measuring cups and fish tanks.

To capture the liquid art sculptures. he brought all of his equipment.

  • Camera: Canon EOS 60D
  • Lens: Canon 24-70mm F/2.8 lens
  • Flashes: 1 flash gun and 1 studio strobe light
  • Tripods
  • Remote trigger

I was so surprised to see him carry such a huge long bag. He looked like he just came back from a long overseas army trip haha!

This whole experiment is split into liquid above the water surface (dripping scenes) and below the water surface (liquid flow scenes). I will be doing the dripping scene first.

I prepared different bowls to contain the liquid. In the end, i decided to use the white bowl so that no colour from the bowl will be reflected and muddled the coloured liquid later.

The setting up of the perfect environment for the studio effect shooting is so time-consuming. There was a cast shadow on the bowl that we tried different methods like changing the direction of the lighting and changing the shooting place from table to my roommate’s bed frame. Yes we did this in my hall and at my roommate’s bed frame haha! I have to say this till now i have no roommate. I’m not a inconsiderate person that ruined her place while she’s away hahaha! At the end, adding the studio strobe light solved the issue.

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First, i added water in the bowl and placed a coin in the middle to act as a focus point for the camera and for me to know where to aim my drip later. I mixed food dyes or acrylic paint to liquids and used the medicine dropper to drip the liquid on the bowl. There is not much different in the outcome of using acrylic paints or food dyes in the dripping scene.

Getting the right timing is the whole essence in this project. For this dripping scene which show the water droplets colliding onto the water surface in the bowl to form interesting sculpture, the shutter speed is set at 1/200 to capture liquid speed. In order to get the composition i wanted, i repetitively dripped on the water and change the bowl when it became too polluted.  It is definitely not for the impatient one. I had to go down to check the photos then climbed back up the bed frame and down again. While i was on top, i was in a squeezed area because my surroundings are all paints, so i can’t sit in comfort. After continuously doing this for hours, my knees started to hurt but i had to endure.

After getting the drip compositions done, the next will be liquid flow scenes. Basically coloured liquid will be flowing in a fish tank filled with water. I thought the scenes can be easily done because liquid flow slower in water and the compositions i had in my mind are more spontaneous and less confined to the structure i sketched in my journal like the dripping scenes. I had never expected it to become a nightmare. Initially i used a fish tank i made during my polytechnic life but the side cracked after refilling it a couple of times. The table was flooded. I had to clear up the mess and called for help. My parents came with a fish tank borrowed from my aunt. It turned out to be a pretty large fish tank so a lot of time are spent refilling it to pass a certain level for the liquid to have enough room to flow.

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The medium i used to experiment for liquid flow are heavy whipping cream and milk mixed with food dye or acrylic. Cream has more density and a higher viscosity than milk, so the outcome was it appeared denser and had lots of creases. The green liquid in the photo is achieve with heavy whipping cream and blue is done with milk. For the yellowish green liquid, it is achieve with food dyes.

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 Day 2 

Siong June borrowed a macro lens. Woohoo! Never expected it but thanks a lot!

With previous experience, i went to borrow a lighting set from school and bought other medium i want to experiment.

Add on to the equipment list

  • 100mm Macro lens
  • 1 Strobe light

I thought the shots using his normal camera lens was pretty good but the macro lens gave a way clearer and sharper image. It was stunning.

However before that, lots of calibrations like the lighting had to redo again. Few hours gone.

When everything is okay, here’s another issue. With the macro lens, the depth of field is smaller, so the water droplets have to dripped very precisely or the droplet will end up looking too blur to be used. I ended up taking a much longer time to get a suitable photo for my composition. The whole workflow speed had slow down. I had to find a way to fix the dropper so that it can dripped in the correct place. I taped the dropper to a piece of wood and secured it to my stool. With this d.i.y stand, the dropper is fixed in a spot and the droplets fall accurately into the middle of the bowl.

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I realized for the dripping scene to achieve the crown in the composition, the height where it dripped and density of the liquid are crucial factors to achieve the result i wanted. If a low density liquid is dripped at a high distance, the crown will be very tall and thin. The sculpture will not be form if the dense liquid is dripped from a low distance. The best is to have a high density liquid dripped from a high height to get a crown that is wide on the top with some spikes coming out.

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I explored a bit with oil and soap. I wanted the inks to float on top of the oil, but I never expected them to sink instead. As for the soap, when i pressed my soap bottle, it came out in a long strand. It looked like a torn spaghetti piece and did not give any interesting effect. I doubt it can be used in any shoot.

Lastly, a video of how i do the dripping scene by myself laughing

 

Concept and Artists Research

Frankly, i am not an open person and neither am i ready to bare it all out…

I prefer to talk about me in a more detached manner so i decided to talk about an issue that me and some people are facing.

 

My low self-esteem.

 

I have always doubt myself, thinking i that i’m not special.

Everything about me is average.

What is my purpose in life?

But…

 

Coming to ADM, every time i showcased my work, i gained a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment. When my classmates gave me positive feedbacks like how they find my works interesting and seeing how different our works are from each other, i realized that we are all special. Everyone see things differently. I may be quiet and shy but my art speaks for me.

 

My concept is to encourage people like me who are doubting their self-worth that we are all special in our own ways! Its an EGO boosting project!

 

I thought of using blood as a comparison to my real selves because it is very relatable to how people normally think my personality. When they ask what blood type i am, they naturally fit me into the mold of that blood group’s characteristics, but i’m more than what my blood says about me. We are more than what life give us.

 

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I saw the distinct behaviour difference in me and how my blood type B is represented as. I’m a mix of A or O type depending on the situation.

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Somehow i always end up dozing off when i’m study so i’m like AB hahaha! Need to plan my time well to absorb the information.

More comic on https://www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=blood%20personality&rs=typed&term_meta[]=blood%7Ctyped&term_meta[]=personality%7Ctyped

 

With this concept in mind, it comes to the execution part. What form do i want to present me work in? The possibility is endless as there is no restriction this time round. Its all up to my imagination.  I knew i want go about it in an abstract manner.  That is when i thought of personify blood with liquid. I researched a lot on liquid art and encountered a new world, deeply entranced by the beauty of it. I decided upon liquid art photography right then.  This is a field i have never done before. I did plenty of artists research to have an idea of what i can achieve from this experiment with the equipment i can get to the best of my ability.

 

Artists References

 

Markus Reugels

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He explore liquid art photography for three years and explored using many different methods. He shot them with a pellet, bend it with an air stream, work with fountains, soap bubbles, smoke, the combinations are endless and only limited by the imagination.

These are his drip on drip works.

Water are mixed with ink, food dye and other medium like milk to achieve the colourful visuals.

Water droplets dripped from medicine droppers or water drop kit collide at a precise timing to form these imaginative beautiful water sculptures.

Alberto Seveso

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Dropping

This project titled Dropping is a tribute to the master of dripping technique, Jackson Pollack.

He was a big fan of the chaos theory, the process is quiet similar. He used sunflower oil instead of the usual water mix with ink to achieve these.

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Blackground

Blackground is achieved by pouring the varnish into the water. It’s not easy as he just described, because he spent a lot of time building all that stuff that now he use to shoot varnish into the water. Most of the time he can catch something beautiful just by chance but it’s very very important to find the right light and, the hardest part, find the perfect mix between varnish and water and the way to pour this mix into the tank.

I love the effect of these mixture forming a density mass. It look very surreal like a crumbled piece of an expensive fabric. Liquid in liquid always have a light feeling because of their fluidity but now it make me question the weight of the mass. The blending of colours also create an interesting visual imagery that can be further explore.

 

 

Corrie White

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Liquid Flow

These images are created by manually dropping cream or water, coloured with food dye, into a small aquarium filled with water. The images are then rotated 180 degrees . Some are altered using the mirror and flip technique.

Liquid art photography uses the most ordinary medium and create the most beautiful mystifying photos. It is a sight that not much people know of. ( When i was borrowing camera equipment in the school lab for this project, no one ever heard of this.)  This form of art really express my concept that everyone is unique. Water being the most ordinary form in our daily life. If we spend some effort to look at it more closely, they are so beautiful that they don’t lose out to anyone.

 

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I have zero experience in using a professional camera nor adjusting the right setting to shoot. I’m basically like a fish out of water. This will be my hardest project with my lack of knowledge and having to accomplishing it within a short time frame with piling stack of homework. I’m quite intimidated by my own ambitious but let give this a “shoot!”

 

Wish me luck! X.X

 

 

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

   joy

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.

milk soap

 

Surprise

shock

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.