The research above was collected through curiosity. When developing my ideas on how to portray ‘Leap’ I was dead set on the idea of doing so through the form of blobs from jump. However, I was curious of the different ways in which I could do so and the different mediums that I could use. The images collected from artists such as Dan Lam, Louise Zhang and James Nares showed me a great deal of various compositional techniques that are suited to a blob-like form. For example, having the image or object be bigger than the frame. Which to me suggests the idea of the form being ‘larger than life’ which is what I wanted to portray; a form that was obvious yet incomprehensible and larger than life all within its own right. I feel that my research allowed me to feel comfortable in the techniques used to create all the pieces, as well as allowing me to have some confidence in using unfamiliar materials such as expanding foam and hot glue.
The work by Dan Lam was a big turning point in my research and practice. Her works are colorful and gruesome yet they have a beauty to them. This meaning is what showed ‘leap’ to me, more so than the physical works because it’s leaping from one extreme (gruesome) to the opposite (beauty). Her works inspired me in week three to use the new medium of expanding foam, to replicate the cloud-like forms made in week two. All the images and works collected over the past four weeks have opened my mind up to new possibilities, mainly regarding different mediums. I could learn how to use as well as see new mediums in a finish product that I didn’t think was attainable previously.
Overall, I found this group installation project to be challenging yet rewarding at the same time. The rewarding aspect was that it was our first creative collaborative project as opposed to our previous group research based projects. I was able to see other people’s artistic style and work approach which was eye opening. The challenging aspect was ensuring that everyone pulled their weight instead of just leaching and then getting the same recognition for doing less work than everyone else. I personally feel that I made a huge contribution to the group throughout the entire aspects of initiating the idea, developing and refining it and construction of the final installation, maybe more than needed. I feel that there was one or two in the group that made rather little contribution but at the end of the day, everyone played their part in creating this installation.
At this point, our initial concept of having the piece show communication had gone out the window. We were focusing more on having the piece show the past, present and future. But our main focus wasn’t on the meaning or having some super deep meaning to it, but rather to have the piece be aesthetically pleasing to us, not necessarily to everyone else.
We then had to present our idea to the class and the lecturers who were all confused by the concept for two reasons: 1. The general feedback was that the meaning was not deep enough 2. Might be too many components to the piece.
In response to the feedback, we as a group felt deflated. I personally felt frustrated because the idea and concept was clear to us. I also felt frustrated because we had already put a lot of time and effort into the construction of the components.
As a collective, we were confused, deflated and stuck. We were very unsure of how to move forward with our installation piece and on what the final outcome would actually be and look like. We then decided to take out this confusion, deflation and sense of being stuck in a rut out on the boxes. We just wanted to destroy them and take out all our emotions on them.
We then decided that we would film ourselves destroying the boxes and that this video would be the key aspect of our final installation. The entire process of the destruction was very spontaneous and little thought went into the meaning being the actions. However, each action portrayed an aspect of each of us individually. Because however it was that we deciding to destroy the boxes was influenced by each of our individual backgrounds.
Everyone in the group participated in the destruction of the boxes
After the destruction was done, we were left with the visual aftermath of the boxes which was all dirty, torn up, squashed and rigid looking.
Myself, Alex and Tyrone then went to look at the installation space ahead of time before other groups. We then decided that we wanted to be in the space called The Fridge. This space is large enough and actually resembles a box in itself to me
I felt that the destroyed boxes represented the journey of life. With the boxes being prepared so delicately and kept to be in pristine condition paying reference to childhood. The destruction then represents the saying “life happens”, paying homage to the rough patches that one goes through. And the aftermath then shows the aftermath of those rough patches. I then felt that it’s only right to do something with the destroyed boxes to show the beauty that emerges from those rough patches but also just the beauty of life at the end of the day.
I was then glad that the group decided to create some sort of sculpture out of the destroyed boxes that would compliment the video.
Experimenting with the sculpture:
The paint dripping idea was inspired by graffiti street artist Mr Brainwash
Clip from 2.10 to 2.49
We decided to go with the paint drip concept. Tyrone executed this idea and brought it to life
In terms of the video, we split up the editing responsibilities. I first did a ‘test edit’ just to see how the clips would fit together etc. Tyrone then did some editing, followed by Diego and Juhi.
When running our initial concept past Richard and Kristy, they suggested that it would be a good idea to make the installation a mobile piece.
Through this piece of guidance, we came up with the following concept:
Instead of having the archways, we would have a two stacks of cardboard boxes that would act as pillars that the masks would be projected onto. At this point we pushed the concept of having a water feature to the side in order to focus on getting started with the making process of the entire piece and we could come back to the water feature at a later point. We decided that we would spray paint the boxes white and draw the doodles directly onto the boxes rather than onto the masks. To us, we felt that this would give the illusion of having the doodles be inside of the projected masks as opposed to on them.
Also the masks would have 4 faces and would be filmed spinning so that each face would be visible.
We had concerns about spray painting the boxes because of the inclination of the paint being absorbed by the cardboard. Through my experimentation with the spray paint and Tyrone’s experimentation of a back up option of wrapping the boxes in paper, we decided to opt with the back up option of wrapping the boxes.
My trial using spray paint
Tyrone’s trial using paper to wrap the boxes
Even though the spray paint didn’t absorb, the aesthetic of the box was not what we we’re after. It wasn’t as crisp as we would’ve liked it to be and the tape used to construct the box also gave it a weird look. Also buying spray paint to paint the boxes was not cost effective. So by wrapping the boxes, we were supplied paper to do so which meant we didn’t have to spend any money. Everyone in the group collected boxes and wrapped them together, collectively having over 30 boxes.
Alex, Tyrone, Diego and I then went on to doodle on some of the boxes
Also at this time, Tyrone put the frame masks together so that we could see what it’d look like if we had a physical mask present
Tyrone and I then paper mached the masks, we had two of the four sided heads to do
When deciding on our initial idea, we started with the base of deciding on a quote and image that was used to start off our individual concepts. We decided on the image of the zen garden and the quote of “Ka Mua Ka Muri” which means “We walk into the future backwards”. What we liked about this particular image and quote, is the peaceful nature the image brings to the somewhat heavy topic of looking to the past to guide us in the future.
Using this, we decided to pull on each of our premade individual concepts. Tyrone had a concept involving facial masks and Alex had a concept involving a structure that formed over water. Using this we came with following concept:
We were then given exhibition space of the library foyer:
Using this space, we adjusted our concept to the space available:
Using the archways to enter the space, we would put the masks on each pillar facing each other. Then have a painting of water in the middle of the archways.
This would be projected onto the pillars in the form of a photograph. At this point we were unsure if the water feature would be projected as well or be a physical piece in the room.
The idea played into the concept of communication and information being passed on. The archways connect the two ‘people’ (the masks) so the information being passed on is constantly in somewhat of a loop. The water would reference the stream of information and people being passed alongside without the literal communication that the masks represent.
Our idea is unintentionally leading us in a ‘contemporary art’ direction.
We decided that we would utilize each of our individual skills and interests within this idea and through the construction of it. Using Tyrone’s paper-mache and sculpture skills to construct the masks, Diego’s drawing skills to draw into the masks. Juhi’s painting skills to construct the water feature. And Alex and I would combine our filming, photography and editing skills to construct the moving image aspect of the projection. It was important to us from the beginning that with whatever we made, we would all be able to incorporate our individual skills and interests into the work.
We then went onto explore various ways to display the masks and the concept we’re trying to get across; constant communication and information being passed between people back and forth:
The masks we could use to paper ache are shown above
We liked the idea of the mask having multiple facades; either two or four so we decided to carry out this concept. The masks would have doodles on them. We then did some research on the doodles that would be on the masks so that theyre not simple white masks on a wall by artists Andrew J. Steel, Trevor Andrews, Cope2 and Marceli Grace.
Andrew J. Steel
We also considered the position of the water aspect on the work:
Considering all of this, we settled on the masks having multiple facades. To achieve this in a visual aspect, we thought that having a moving image rather than a photograph would be best. We could have the heads spinning in the projection, that all all of the facades are seen. In terms of the water feature, we would have it be a physical aspect rather than be apart of the projection. We couldn’t settle on how the water would visually be displayed though.
Through initiating our concept, everyone played an equal part in communicating their ideas and giving input and feedback to the group.
To extend the final work ‘Welcome To Space’, I wanted to show how I would exhibit the piece.
The ‘Welcome To Space’ book would be made into six duplicates. Each duplicate would be mounted to the wall using acrylic supports similar to the example below:
It would be installed in two rows of three. I would have a slideshow of the images playing in a loop being projected over the mounted books.
The set up for the Projection
To show scale
To show scale
Overall, Im very happy with the final outcome of my piece. By allowing myself to not have any constraints, including have to use the medium of paper, I was able to explore a wide variety of creative outlets on what I could possibly create. In doing so, I was able to come full circle and still produce a piece of work that met the only requirement of this brief; using the medium of paper.
Also, by exploring and creating my own interpretation of space, I am able to allow others into that space which is my life. I’m able to be open with sharing part of my space and essentially, I’m allowing myself to grow as a person. At the end of the day, space is life and life is space. It’s an infinite void that we all are existing in. It’s easy to become consumed by our own voids so by letting others view your void, you’re able to widen your void and perspective and grow. Growing an infinite amount within an infinite space.
The first part of my final piece is a book I have complied by the name of ‘Welcome To Space’.
The book consists of my favourite photographs that I have taken this year. The photographs show some of the different aspects of my life; dance, friends, travel and skating. The photographs are also all taken in different locations from around the world and within New Zealand. All of this is to show my space. The space in which I exist in is filled with the content and aesthetics of the photographs. Bright and bold, yet black and white. Action packed yet very chill.
As a person, Im what you would call “low-key”. I do not enjoy having my life shared in a way that is beyond my control, I like to keep my life to myself and do not share a lot of details of what I do in my time outside of uni. By creating this book, Im able to welcome others into my life, which is my space. Im able to give a slight insight into what it is that I do in my space and who is in my space alongside me.
The images within the book are constructed using coloured paper, printed images and masking tape.
Having to create drawings on a larger scale was tricky for me at first. It was tricky because of how daunting the idea of constructing larger scaled pieces would be. However, once I overcame the initial fear, I was able to calmly think about the task at hand.
I decided that I want to create large scale pieces that played into the use of mixed media as in the previous series. This is because I enjoyed the freedom that the mixed media pieces gave me in a creative sense.
Scale 1: Red Yarn and projection – 1000 mm x 2000 mm
To construct this first piece, I first redrew the two point perspective in a more rigid way and then digitally changed the colour of the lines from black to white.
I then constructed a backdrop out of red yarn that consisted of zig zags. To complete the construction of the piece, I projected the drawings onto the yarn backdrop.
Scale 2: Digital Projection – Size unknown
To construct this piece, I first took my three point perspective drawings and changed the colours to match the tones of the red yarn in order to have some consistency between the pieces.
This particular image (as seen below) is used for Scale 2 and Scale 3.
I then decided that I would project this image down the hallway of our studio spaces in Building 76. This was to allude to the infinity of space, by having it seem like there’s no end to the hallway and image.
The set up:
Scale 3: Digital Projection and Cardboard Boxes – Size unknown
To extend on ‘Scale 2’, I decided to place some boxes in the hallway so that the image can look a bit more whole.