Last Friday we had our final conclusion to our first 2D project: My Line is Emo. This project was definitely not an easy one especially when i encountered blocks in the creative process but through much perseverance and encouragement, I finally managed to pull through. I could say that I am pretty proud of the final outcome though some improvements could be made. For instance, some of the final pieces did not not reflect the idea behind the emotions as well as I thought.
Here are some shots taken from pages in my visual journal and I will briefly explain some of my favourite pieces.
Inspired by one of my reference artists, Hannah Quinlivan on her visit to Singapore, she spoke about how her visit to Singapore River inspired her. The historic sites and people in the area was what inspired her to create the sculpture entitled “Displacement”as well as paintings “Strands of Thought”, “Shades of Consciousness” and “After the Slipstream” . This made me think about my trip to the Himalayas and the emotions and experiences i felt during this trip.Hence I took a topographic map of the area and simplified it into contour lines in my work. I also chose to do it on black and white paper to symbolise the positive and negative emotions I felt throughout my trip.
Awkward pieces of paper fitted together.
whimsical flowy lines that resembles smoke.
A continuation of awkward, confident has lines that are fitted perfectly together .
Excitement has dynamic strokes full of energy
Overlying lines that resembles that of suffocation or the feeling of being tied down and restricted.
For the past 3 weeks, our class embarked on a 3D project that required us to make animal or organism sculptures using junk materials that we scavenged from home, hardware stores or the thieves market at Kelantan Road.
After looking around, I managed to gather some screws, bolts, hooks and a steamboat net from the thieves market which the uncle kindly gifted to me for free.
My initial plan was to make a seahorse using the steamboat net as the backbone and the hooks as the spine of the seahorse. However, I was advised by my prof to keep the sculpture simple and clean which left me stuck and I had to scrape the seahorse idea for something else. After much thought and experimentation, i borrowed the shell of a computer mouse from my friend along with some odd parts and i was able to piece together a tortoise.
Initially, I covered the silver part of the computer mouse with black duct tape but i was advised to leave it exposed to show the rawness of the “shell”. The head was made using a steamboat net, odd parts from a hardware store for the eyes, silver handles cut off from a pot for the legs and a silver hook for the tail.
For my second “animal”, I went around the class looking for leftover materials and experimented with them to see what I could come up with.
This was my final product which closely resembles a bat.
The wings were made from the handle of a brush, ears were from silver wires, bolts for the eyes and the head was from part of a bottle pump.
Overall, I thought this was a really interesting project and it taught me more about the creative process which was things don’t always turn out the way you want it to be. Hence, as artists we have to learn to see things from different perspectives and try new ways to get to our end result.
Goal of work
To bring about awareness of certain social issues prevelent in our society today such as pollution, body imaging, drunk driving and cultural conformity.
This visual is to create awareness regarding the issue of water pollution and its effects on marine life. I subtracted the interior of the fish and replaced it with garbage to show how pollution has affected marine life throughout the world. The consequences of our neglect has not only adverse impacts on marine life but ultimately our food sources as well.
This image depicts the issue of body imaging in our society. I warped the image of the barbie doll to represent the unrealistic standards we hold of beauty in our society. A barbie doll is an iconic representation of a child’s ideal standards of beauty that we were all subconsciously brainwashed into believing from a very young age.
This image depicts the issue of drunk driving in our society. A prosthetic limb was used in place of a normal leg to show the consequences and danger of reckless driving and drinking.
This visual depicts the conformity of traditional Chinese customs and beliefs. For instance, the belief that wearing dark colours during lunar new year will bring about bad luck for the rest of the year. Hence, a rice bowl, a food staple for any Chinese family, is placed inside a cage. This represents how some may feel trapped or tied down by these customs and beliefs unable to have the freedom to express their own views and rights.
This project was really a new experience for me especially since it was my first attempt at using photoshop. Even though i struggled a little with the use of this medium to digitally manipulate these images, it allowed me to express my ideas and realise the power of visual imagery.
Moving forward, I hope to continue to grow and experiment with the different forms of medium and techniques that can be used to portray a message through visual imagery as well as improve my photoshop skills for future projects.
My name is Cassandra and I’m currently pursueing an arts degree at NTU hoping to enter a career in the creative industry. If I have three words to describe myself, it would be friendly, easy-going and blur. The super power(s) that I’ve chosen is the ability to throw fire balls and fly into space to explore other planets. Shoutout to Dora for the amazing drawing and chubb photo of me haha
“When you’ve been fighting for it all your life
You’ve been working every day and night
That’s how a superhero learns to fly” – The Script
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