Just like in design terms of “Form follow Function”, this assignment had the term of “Lines follow Emotions” where we had to mix and match the different abstract lines we have to the following emotions.
When I was trying to sort out the lines to go with which emotion, I was mostly stuck on how one actually see the lines as nonsensical for example. However, I decided to just go with my own interpretation of how each line represents the emotions.
With all these strips, it was then compiled and sorted out to their windows… (see below)
Throughout the assignment, I made full use of the layout pad to compile everything I have done into the hard copy journal. It consists of doodling, inspiration images I captured, the different experimentation of automatic techniques, and personal reflection based on research and consultation.
The line definitely went for a walk last Friday during submission and it’s not coming back anytime soon.
I wanted to try the idea of my journey to school daily, with all the crowd at the MRT Stations and bus interchange as well as the busy traffics. I wanted to capture what and how the sceneries looks like during the time I make my way to school.
So today I went to school by car, so I thought why not have variations — images of journey to school by car and by public transport, then I could compile them up and include the journey back from school as well to complete the entire idea.
As of now, I captured several scenes…
Then I also captured a few for the journey from school…
As of now, the idea is not certain thus I will still look into more ideas and try them out.
I always have these ideas at the back of my mind when I have some “me time”, so I decided to have another session of self monoprinting at my balcony.
So I decided to try several techniques, as attached in the set of pictures above:
Top set contains the techniques of Decalcomania
Middle set contains mixture of inspired Jackson Pollock splattering of paint technique, standard monoprint, and the dripping of paint/ink technique.
Last set contains inspired Mehndi or Henna art (4th and 5th from the left), inspired Art Attack technique of painting over dried glue (first 3 from left) but it failed when the glue flattens as it dries up, and, technique somewhat similar to Sand Painting except the minus off the glue and the sand and replacing it with just baby powder.
*Just some reflections*
I had this thought to myself whereby I feel that most of the time when I do these monoprints and automatism techniques, my mind would be completely blank. Sometimes during the monoprint sessions, I would just loose myself into whatever I was doing, using whatever resources and not actually thinking what I want to achieve in the printing. For example, putting this and that on the mat. Or when trying out the Rorschach tests, I don’t try to draw anything in particular, I just spam inks here and there and that’s what I get.
On the other hand, while trying out the Jackson Pollock technique, I was splattering the ink while I was feeling rather upset, and as I splat more inks, the emotions followed and I actually felt better when I was done.
This idea just came to me slightly at the last minute while I was walking home from buying dinner for my family. I was just strolling along the park when I saw the sun was setting. It struck me that maybe I could have this concept of me capturing the movement of the Sun or more like Journey with/of the Sun. So I gave it a little try….
So then I was thinking if this idea could be “it”. However, there were still thoughts of “What if it’s a journey of sunset?” or “What if it’s a journey of the sun (for example, from dawn to dusk)” which means that I’d have to be out certain times of the day to actually capture the moments of the sun and its position or somewhat.
Fret not, I still have a few ideas that I’d want to try these few days.
Follow up from the couple of previous post from when we were to post about a favourite artist or somewhat, I picked a 26 year old local Singaporean, Dzaki Safaruan.
If one were to google him online, there is nothing much to find as he is not as famous as Ed Moses or the other artists that we know of from this assignment. But maybe I’ll just introduce him with what I know.
Dzaki Safaruan is a cousin of mine who recently graduated from NAFA for his Degree in Fine Arts. He has this “thing” for art since his secondary school times(?) and decided to pursue his love and passion for art right after. One thing for sure, he always has a sketchbook with him. Sometimes it would be as big as A4 size, and sometimes it would be the pocket sized sketchbook.
I have a few of his art works that you could look at and be as amazed as I am.
His works are amazing, with all the precision lines and details. Recently he gave me an advice and ideas on how I could make my monoprint exciting from his experience. I tried one and its result:
The link above shows the time-lapse video of the monoprinting process did by Gek Luan and myself last week. We decided “Why not do this for documentation purposes? It’ll be fun!” And so we did.
If you’ve watched the video, you’d experience watching the camera going down down down then it stops… Now, we could interpret this as the camera bowing and thanking you for watching the process of our mini monoprinting session.
This is just a progress post whereby these images at the top are the monoprinted sheets that I did last night. I thought why not just have extras ready before we do the cutting and collaging this coming lesson. I like to be prepared to have back ups if a few were to fail (of course, i am praying hard and hoping it would not happen!) or this and that doesn’t fit together and stuffs like that.