F3D Week 1: 2D Analysis


This amulet was the first thing that came into my mind when was told to bring an object which is 3D-interesting to me.

The organic/unique shape of this amulet interests me a lot, whereas the more common shapes for amulets would be either in ovals or squares. From the front view it may seem flat but in fact there are protruding shapes on the amulet itself. There is a contrast of colours within the amulet where the middle part has more hues of red which makes the buddha stands out even more.

The object is symmetrical from left to right. However the top half has a bigger proportion compared to the bottom half. Taking the black stone and the rice grain as a base unit to divide the amulet into 6 parts as shown.

The protruding shapes on the amulet are more prominent on the top view. Also from here you are able to see how symmetrical this amulet can get.

As well as the bottom view. The curves which can’t be seen on the top view could be seen clearly here. The overall colour palette for this amulet falls under earthy tones, which presented as a whole despite having the black stone and the grain within the amulet.

Mark Making (Research)

What is mark making? Does it just mean dots, scribbles, and brushstrokes? What do expressive qualities add to the look and feel of an artwork?

Artists often use mark making and gestural qualities to express their feelings or emotions about something they have seen or experienced. Artists also use expressive mark making to create purely abstract artworks which do not necessarily refer to anything in the real world but are intuitive or respond to a defined set of rules.

Willem De Kooning
Untitled 1966-7
Charcoal on tracing paper
support: 476 x 610 mm

One of the techniques that I’m really intrigued by is Fumage / Smoke painting. Fumage is a surrealist art technique popularized by Wolfgang Paalen in which impressions are made by the smoke of a candle or kerosene lamp on a piece of paper or canvas. Flames/smoke are often associated with danger, who would have known using this technique can create such detailed and beautiful piece of artwork.



  • :  an impression made on paper from glass or some equally smooth material (as celluloid or oilcloth) to which oil paint has been applied

This technique is kinda interesting because you either paint the image directly onto the plate which is known as the light field or you apply the ink first then remove the image which is known as the dark field. Each monoprint is different and unique and the artist may use one or more techniques to achieve the image that he or she want to create.

One of the technique that I might want to explore/experiment with is the Fumage. You will never know/expect what will turn out at the end. I guess mark making isn’t much on the technical side but rather a form of expression and experiment(?).