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Project 2: Nursery Rhyme


Heavily inspired by surrealism, I wished to give my pieces are mystical yet sombre feeling to them because of the nursery rhymes I drew inspiration from. Most of these poems, seemingly innocent when we first heard them as a child actually have alternate, much darker meanings to them. It is from these




Ring-a-ring o’ roses,
A pocket full of posies,
A-tishoo! A-tishoo!

We all fall down.

For this piece, it was the first one I did with surrealism inspired ideas behind it. It is often said that the poem itself is about Black Death, and the falling down is a result of people dying. Therefore, inspired by the entire poem, this piece came into fruition. I wanted to convey the feeling of lying down and yet the chaotic feeling of death. It’s relatively peaceful and calm, but underneath the persona’s skin, as a representation of ‘ashes’ is a tremoring, explosive fire threatening to consume her very being. Together with the explosive fire at the centre of the ring of roses, it is meant to depict the suddenness and immediacy of death in seemingly perfect, quiet circumstances.


Jack and Jill went up the hill

To fetch a pail of water.

Jack fell down and broke his crown,

And Jill came tumbling after. 

The next two pieces in the four part series come together as a set. Inspired by consecutive lines next to each other, both are heavily influenced by surrealism as well. Yet again, it’s a seemingly innocent poem with much darker connotations and I wished to communicate the darker aspect of the poem, without making it grotesque. The texture and atmosphere of the chosen images are meant to project a surreal, mysterious perspective of his demise, like it is implied in the poem. The roses provide balance, coupled with the mysterious ambiguity of the image itself. It also provides the added function of making the composition more visually engaging.


This is the second part of the Jack and Jill set. For this piece it is much simpler but I wanted to convey a metaphorical feeling of falling, perhaps even mentally. The reflection and the floating hair is meant to show a psychological effect of drowning and falling at the same time. Negative space in the composition made it far more mysterious and I quite like the effect it generated, despite its final simplicity.



Hush, little baby, don’t say a word,
Mama’s going to buy you a mockingbird.

If that mockingbird won’t sing,
Mama’s going to buy you a diamond ring.

If that diamond ring turns brass,
Mama’s going to buy you a looking glass.

If that looking glass gets broke,
Mama’s going to buy you a billy goat.

If that billy goat won’t pull,
Mama’s going to buy you a cart and bull.

If that cart and bull turn over,
Mama’s going to buy you a dog named Rover.

If that dog named Rover won’t bark,
Mama’s going to buy you a horse and cart.

If that horse and cart fall down,
You’ll still be the sweetest little boy in town.

So hush little baby, don’t you cry,
Daddy loves you and so do I.

This composition’s inspiration was drawn from the entire first stanza of the rhyme. It’s meant to be just as dark, if not darker than its predecessors. In the foreground, the child’s arms have turned to that of a mockingbird. A faint hint of a bandage can be seen masking transparently over the child’s lips, barring it’s ability to speak. It’s meant to depict how the limitations of speech will still be present, no matter how invisible its barriers are. The mother in the midground looms threateningly behind the child, contained within her own silence. She is a faceless, threatening, overbearing presence over the child. The rustic background means to create a feeling of decay, conjured by the mother. All in all, it is a mysterious, strategic composition that really draws attention.



Project 1: A Line is a Dot that went for a Walk.







The project itself is done with various experimental monoprinting methods with random available materials. The final product is below:





Of the entire print set, the ones I felt best encapsulate their stipulated emotion is:


With this particular emotion I first considered the idea of anxiety and anxious feelings. Inspired by a friend, the idea of social anxiety popped into my mind, and it would be interesting to be able to depict this through the print. I decided to dip my fingers into the ink, and rapidly tapped out this piece, making sure they were as random and arbitrary as possible. I wanted to depict the idea of a constant overlapping of people in one’s life and how too much of it becomes overpowering and terrifying, even dark. When someone with social anxiety is faced with a large group of people, they tend to become fidgety and anxious, and they won’t be able to stop moving. What I wanted to go for is an almost fearful aura, especially because of the numerous fingerprints, but I really wanted to depict that anxious, terrified feeling one would get from social anxiety.






I really wanted to convey the idea of impulsivity here in this piece. What I decided to do then, was take a piece of plastic, crumple it up, unfold it, and dip it in paint. This resulted in varying textures as the plastic wrapper would form different folds and contours. When I then started pressing the wrapper onto the paper, it was able to form a varied texture. Some parts will have thicker paint which therefore leaves a large patch on the paper. It was able to recreate the texture of splattered blood which makes it visually interesting.

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I decided to go experimental with this piece and utilised the side of a brush. I dipped it in ink very lightly, and the contours of the brush was able to form this interesting texture that felt like paint lightly running across the paper, but yet with a strange structure to it. I made sure my touch was light so that I could really capture the essence of fragility, and the odd spots of paint only adds to the illusion of fragility.

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