Project 2 (Progress)- Part 2


It was relatively difficult choosing an English nursery rhyme that could tie in with my previous concept. It had to do a lot with war and how reading news about horrors of wars can change your perception and sensitivity to things around you.

So I think I probably have to start from scratch and find a solid concept. As of right now, my concepts for the nursery rhymes are a bit weak.

I thought that I would just reiterate our aim for this project just to make sure that I’m on the right track:

To manipulate alter and deconstruct graphic imagery to transcend its original meaning through the creation of the indicated narratives.


I came up with a few concepts in my head:

  1. ” The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe”.

There was an old woman who lived in a shoe.
She had so many children, she didn’t know what to do;
She gave them some broth without any bread;
Then whipped them all soundly and put them to bed.

There was a Christian version of the rhyme published as well, which I thought was interesting as it shows the old woman to be softer and kind.

There was an old woman
Who lived in a shoe,
She had so many children,
And loved them all, too.
She said, “Thank you Lord Jesus,
For sending them bread.”
Then kissed them all gladly
and sent them to bed.

For this, the concept would clearly be family related. The line ‘She had so many children she didn’t know what to do’ stuck out to me, probably because I come from a big family. I was thinking of having a concept that was personal to me, and incorporating my family stories and pictures into it. I also thought that maybe I could use childhood/baby photos of all 8 Darke children as dingbats and also include personal family mementos that could describe us a family.

However, I still feel this is not solid enough as a concept. I would still need to develop it.

2. A Sailor Went To Sea

A sailor went to sea, sea, sea

To see what he could see, see, see

But all that he could see, see, see

Was the bottom of the deep blue sea, sea, sea.

For this rhyme, I feel that MAYBE it could tie in with my previous concept- about perception. There was barely any information about the meaning or origins of this rhyme, so I had to make my own interpretation.

Reading this nursery rhyme, I feel that it talks about the sailor seeking adventure and wanting to see the world. What’s interesting is that when he arrives at sea, the line reads “BUT all that he could see”, suggesting a negative connotation- as if “the bottom of the deep blue sea” was disappointing and he wanted to see more.

Maybe something happened to him that changes his perception? Maybe the sea is a metaphor? Something obstructs him from being able to see/do something greater? He was affected by an incident? See where i’m going with this?


I’m still at the conceptualising stage, but I’ll be creating more dingbats based on these tentative concepts. Hopefully inspiration for my final concept will strike when I play around with the compositions just like before! Stay tuned for another post this week!




2D Project 2 (Progress)- Part 1


I now realise that we are supposed to change to a nursery rhyme for our final artwork, but I’ll upload my progress for this poem anyway since I’ve done quite a lot of exploration and I thought it would be interesting to share.

My concept

I had a lightbulb moment in the shower: I was thinking about the title- It Is Dangerous To Read Newspapers. Why is it dangerous? Margaret Atwood tells that her “passive eyes transmute everything [she] look[s] at”. Being surrounded by news of war since she was young, it has affected the way she sees the world. But for me, personally, I have been affected in a different way.

For me there are two ends of the spectrum:

  • Everything you see is affected- the way you see the world is changed. You are so deeply troubled and disturbed.
  • You are desensitised. You are not able to feel anything when you hear news- its just statistics and numbers to you.

Work-in-progress (using classmates’ dingbats as well!)

I created 5 compositions, and I’m not going to lie, I had quite a lot of fun doing these compositions! Even though I won’t be using these compositions at all, they were good practise anyway!

The images are based on the stanza:

“Even my/ passive eyes transmute/ everything I look at to the pocked/ black and white of a war photo/ how/ can I stop myself / It is dangerous to read newspapers”

(The slash represents the break in the lines)

So everything she sees becomes a war-like situation, even from nature. Nature is distorted. What she sees is affected by horrors of war. I used Nicholas Yoon’s lily, Eugene’s bees and Vimal’s buildings for these dingbats.

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I am a complete beginner to Photoshop, so it was quite embarrassing to say that I struggled with even the most basic things. I had to constantly refer back to video tutorials on Youtube- But I’ve learnt a lot by trial and error.

The problems I faced and how I overcame it

One of the problems I faced was when I pixelated some images, they were TOO pixelated that you could barely see any details. I kept watching tutorials and I was following everything that they said to do, but I still go the same result. (Turns out the images I was using weren’t large/ high res enough)….. -.-


In Part 2 of my progress I will be talking about my choice of English nursery rhyme, my concept and I will also be showing several compositions I played around with. Hopefully I’ll be able to tie in the new concept to this one!


Stay tuned!



2D Project 2: Rhymes (Research)


My poem of choice is Margaret Atwood’s “It is Dangerous to Read Newspapers”.


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In the first pdf below, I have compiled my research mostly on Constructivism and El Lissitzky. The research I did on Dadaism and Hannah Hoch is much more brief and is basically a compilation of images as the art serves more as a visual inspiration to me:

‘Rhymes’ (Research)- Reference Artists


In the second pdf below, I briefly talk about my concept and how my reference artists helped with the the conceptualisation of my poems in terms of concept/ composition and style:

2D Project 2 Week 1



4D Assignment 1- Curating Self


Our first project, ‘Curating Self’ was a rather personal one, requiring us to curate our sense of self and personal identity and expressing this through images.

We had to create a picture story which would reveal different aspects of ourselves through three different assigned tasks: ‘Me’ (introducing myself), ‘Object and representation of self'(choosing an object significant to me) and ‘My World’ (sharing a place that is significant to me or fascinates me).

In this project, we were encouraged to explore manipulative techniques such as framing and cropping. Task 1 in particular encouraged the use of these techniques to ‘lead the viewer into constructing a certain reality when the images are seen together or beside each other’.

This was quite a challenge as I struggled with deciding what made my identity. Family? Hobbies? I decided in the end that first and foremost, I was a Muslim. Without going into too much detail, generally,Muslims have been labelled as terrorists. It is much difficult for Muslim women, who wear the scarf or the niqab (covering everything except the eyes) who are judged for covering up. Inspired by Jo Spence, who used photography to challenge society on issues of gender, class, mortality, identity, I decided that my images would play on this stereotype Muslims are placed in, and experimented with cropping, especially in the second picture to bring about the dark, mysterious brooding atmosphere around the persona I’ve introduced.

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For Task 2, as strange as it sounds, there was no doubt that my object of choice would be my cardigan, the reason being that it was my first piece of clothing that I bought with my own money. Coming from a family with many sisters, clothes were always hand- me-downs, so to be able to buy my own cardigan for the first time sort of marked my ‘independence’. Not only that, I’ve had this cardigan for many years now and it serves as a reminder of home back in Malaysia and is in a sense a safety blanket. I bring it with me all the time and use it for everything and anything. In the photos I wanted to evoke my affection for it and to show how the cardigan brings me great comfort, both physically and emotionally.


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Lastly, in Task 3, I wanted to introduce the viewer into my world- which is of course my home- a place that makes me feel safe, peaceful and serene.My images reflect how I see Valencia, my residence area. I chose to do several close up shots to reflect my the way I view things and my attention to detail. As I walk I usually notice the little things like the soft, carpeted moss on the bark of the tree, the bees buzzing around the red flowers. 

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Feel free to comment down below if you have any questions!