Three blind mice, see how they run
They all ran after the farmer’s wife, who cut off their tails with a carving knife
The cat and the fiddle
The cow jumped over the moon
The little dog laughed to see such a sport
And the dish ran away with the spoon
There was an old man whose nose
Most birds of the air could repose
But they all flew away at the closing of day
Three blind mice
She had so many children she didn’t know what to do
Here is my handle, here is my spout
My sequence is based on the transformation of a person through makeup in 3 different settings: school, shopping and concert. The makeup is the lightest for school, followed by shopping and the heaviest for the concert. The images represent the different moods and formalities of each location, and how people change depending on their environment. The 3 mini-series are composed similarly to each other, with a photo from each series having a counterpart from each other series.
Mona Hoobehfekr – She did a series on make up in Iran, where she took photos of women and their make up after wearing the hijab became compulsory and women started to feel more self conscious. I tried to replicate her photos of make up in my series by taking photos of mine for each set of photos.
Subtle changes in appearance can elevate one’s physical appearance to suit the environment or situation he or she is in. Make up has become a formlity in which we introduce ourselves to a situation or environment through our physical appearance. It aids in setting the proper register of behaviour for the setting. Through this assignment, I’ve grown to be in tune to intrinsic human behaviours that express themselves subtly through small things like putting make up.
Ambiguous – A lack of obvious meaning or interpretation, I achieved this by coating some twine in black ink and running this under the press. The resulting shape does not look like it was made by any one object or method, illustrating ambiguity.
Spontaneous – Happening without planning or external stimuli, the splat from this spatula in a random way on the paper was a completely spontaneous decision. Black ink was used on the spatula, as well as smeared onto linoleum and then mono-printed onto the paper as a background.
Turbulent – Not stable, the opposite of calm. Black ink was splattered onto the page in a haphazard manner, and then smeared and scratched in with a spatula, mimicking movement and chaos upwards, with sharp edges to show tension.