After my first presentation, the main point of my feedback was that I needed to create a stronger link from the site to the theme of my proposed project
I have done so, and in doing so my proposed project has changed completely.
The site I have now chosen is Unitec Institute of Technology and since the students that are studying with me are culturally diverse, i am constantly surrounded and exposed to a variety of different cultures. This has made me want to reflect and understand where i stand and what my view is of my own culture.
Therefore i propose to create a project of me discovering who i am within my own culture by creating a photographic series that could be accompanied by graphic design in terms of inspiration and the final output possibly being a publication of sorts. As well as a moving image piece to extend the project
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.
Using the previous collection of liner and atmospheric perspective drawings, we then had to create a new serious of drawings in order for us to extend our predetermined mindset on the materials we use for drawing.
Usually when we draw, we gravitate towards regular copy paper and a pen or pencil to construct the drawings. For me personally, I used coloured pencils and an ink pen to construct the previous series instead of just a pencil so that I can show the different components that make up the construction of the installation.
For the drawings on a mid-toned background, I decided to construct these digitally so that the colours used could reflect the tones of the final piece
The found items that I used was a latex glove and a ping pong bat. I chose the glove to refer back to femininity, specifically the concept of giving birth. Since birth is one of the most powerful actions that a female can perform, I blew the glove up to symbolise the power within the glove. I chose the ping pong bat to reference the back and forth I face within my space. Back and forth in my thoughts, with the people in my space and in my actions.
When constructing the mixed media pieces, I decided to keep the aesthetic of the drawings simple yet slightly complex to match the aesthetic of the final installation and the images within the book.
Mixed Media 1: Orange and Green marker pens
Reason: Matching the colours of the final images
Mixed Media 2: Masking tape, orange paper, green paper, projection
Reason: The drawing then becomes a photograph, by having it be the same aesthetic and display method of the final images
In the final phase of my refinement, I chose to carry on the photographic aesthetic and the depiction the people in my space, especially the of the females within my space.
As opposed to the previous phase in wanting to have a chaotic aesthetic, I now feel that I want to simplify the aesthetics. Sticking with the photographic aesthetic, just less cluttered. I will stay with the concept of sticking one piece of paper onto another piece of paper with masking tape containing writing because I the rustic and rough look of it portrays an aspect within my mental space.
Photography is my current desired career path, so because of that I decided to print out some of my favourite images that I’ve taken so far this year. After printing them, I placed them onto various coloured pieces of 80gsm paper, as well as images from the magazines from the previous refinement phase.
I then decided that I would place all of these newly constructed images into a sketchbook. A chose a sketchbook because typically a sketchbook is for ideas and essentially space is an idea in its entirety. My ‘idea’ of what space is, will vary greatly to what someone else will have, similarly to the ideas jotted down in a sketch book being different to another.
The final piece will be called ‘Welcome To Space’, to indicate to the view that they’re now entering space. They’re entering my space which is still space. All of the collated images in one space to show what my space and my life consists of.
Images of the book with the images in them are below:
Welcome To Space
I first thought about simply just having the book on it’s own as the final but I want to have to book to become a space within itself and exist within a space as well. The way that I would want to exhibit this piece is to have multiple copies of this book attached to a wall. This is inspired by artist Fernanda Fragateiro and her works she does with books (shown in Pinterest page link as shown above).
I then looked into a site called ‘Moodica’ that consists of visually satisfying moving image pieces. In looking through the pieces, I found that there was a way I could convey space in a video method. Examples from Mooodica below:
This led me to think about if the presentation idea of having the books on the wall would be enough. Or if there should be some type of video to accompany it.
I decided that along with the multiple copies on the wall, I would create a slideshow of sorts of the images that can play alongside the installation. I chose to have the video be of the images because the concept is that each book on the wall would be installed open on different pages (see Perspective Drawings for a visual explanation) but if that’s so, not all of the images would be visible. So by having the video of the images, then the images have a more prominent existence within the space of the installation.
See ‘Perspective Drawings’ and ‘Final Individual Project’ for the outcome of the depiction of the exhibition.
When looking at the paper cut pieces, I viewed them as photographs which I was happy about. However, the simplicity of the images is what bothers me. I feel that the simplicity of them play into the overarching theme of feminism which isn’t a simplistic theme. Therefore, the aesthetic shouldn’t be simplistic.
In steering away from the simplistic aesthetic, my original thought of addressing the hyper-sexualisation of the female body has gone. Instead, I feel that I can address my other issue which is that the depiction of anything to do with females does not depict the power, strength and feminine force. Since feminine force is so prominent within my own space, I feel that it’s important to me that my works reiterate this.
What I then decided to do was to go to the extreme opposite from simple aesthetic, which to me is collage. Collage, in all its entirety, is a busy and overloaded piece of work. In doing so though, I kept with the theme of femininity by using images and text from popular ‘typically’ feminine magazines:
210 mm x 297 mm
Then, just to add to the now existing chaos that is the collage, I drew a series of portraits that make up four females.
These four females are my depiction of feminine force. They embody the force that exists within the space of a female, as well as the colours of them representing the force within them individually. I did this to show the depth that feminine force goes into. There is no limit. Feminine force is a space within itself, simple because it is limited.
I plan on starting with the issue of the depiction of females being a hyper-sexualized version. Still wanting to link it in with how I view the subject rather than how it’s already being viewed.
The first phase in getting to my refinement involves simplistic line drawings being turned into paper cut pieces
The drawing ideas themselves, revolve around the concept of the female body being what I see as being the most hyper-sexualised
8 pages, 148 x 210
From these drawings, I went onto turn them into paper cut pieces. By coming to the idea of creating paper cut pieces, I solidified my previous thought of if I let me creativity roam, as I did, I would eventually come full circle and meet the requirements again. In this case, the requirement being the medium of paper
My method of creating these pieces is to take the line drawings and cut them in order to play with light and shadow on the pieces. I first tested out this method:
I found that in cutting them with a craft knife, some of the paper would cut and fold. To solve this, I need to use a thicker paper than regular copy paper. I would use paper of 180gsm thickness. I also found that when holding or pushing down the paper, the shadows are more prominent. I also decided that I wanted to use coloured paper than white. I settled on the colour yellow due to it being a gender neutral colour. I then constructed the pieces:
I now feel that Im in a creative space that allows me to confront a serious topic again as opposed to simple designs.
As said in the first stage of my development, I feel that certain things link back to feminism.
When thinking about the people that are in my space, I realised that the people who have had the most impact of me are the females in my space. The feminine force within my space is evident and powerful
I want to creatively explore the topic of feminism. Feminism as a whole has always been a topic that has been sensitive to me because I feel that it’s used so loosely. Its used as more of a trend than an actual movement.
This development is called (F)orce, to reference feminine force.
Below are slides from my Introduction to Story presentation that I created in talking about feminism:
Discussing the foundation of feminism and it’s meaning within our society, I referenced the idea of feminism being referred to as some sort of “man-hating” movement when it is merely a movement in wanting equal rights and opportunities no matter what gender is in question. In a way, everyone is a feminist and has a feminist viewpoint on certain situations that arise. This led me to address the topic of microaggression. Micro aggression refers to subtle discrimination that takes place without the perpetrator or victim knowing or understanding that it’s even taking place. I surveyed 35 of my friends and found that majority of the females said yes to every question and majority of the males said no to the questions. This helped me to gain an understanding of the sexist microagressions that take place on a daily basis.
Taking this into consideration, I looked into the visual depiction of females and the visual ways the microagressions they face is also depicted. The most prominent depictions of females and micragression towards them is in Disney films. Disney films are typically centred around female characters which is a positive thing. Films such as ‘Mulan’, ‘Brave’ and the latest ‘Moana’ all show powerful, strong females who are independent. While others such as ‘Sleeping Beauty’, ‘Beauty and the Beast’ and ‘Tangled’ tend to show females who are reliant on a male. The common phrase of “and they lived happily ever after” is actually referring to how in the end of most of the films, the women are with their ‘prince charming’ so does that imply that to live happily ever after, one must have a man or some sort of relationship.
I wasn’t too happy with this type of depiction of females from a creative point of view. One of the issues that I see with this depiction of the females is that in a way it’s a hyper-sexualised viewpoint. It deems females in a sexual manner, not necessarily in a provocative way but its still a sexualised view. I also have an issue with the depiction not always showing the power of a feminine force but rather somewhat of a dependant force.
I wish to create works that address these issues that I see while still sticking with the concepts of how I view the world and the aesthetic of a photograph.
From this point onwards, I will be refining the concept of (F)orce.
Running with the concept of depicting how I view the world within my own space, it led me to think about my space as a whole bunch of nothing and something at the same time.
Still going with the concept of not being confined to be medium of paper, I’m letting my ideas flow. The end result of this individual project can then be authentic to the process while still meeting the brief in the end.
In how I view my space in regards to it being something and nothing at the same time, Im inspired by an artist by the name of Mr Brainwash.
His creative process of letting the art somewhat create itself is a method that I will implement into these developments.
Using various coloured markers, I wrote a series of the letter “S” multiple times one over the other. The “S” simply implying ‘Space’. The works then turn into their own and created themselves by have it be an abstract piece. When looking at the works up close, one can see the series of the letter but from afar it’s not visible.
S S S
180gsm Paper, 210 mm x 297 mm
From these works I wish to extend on the concept of letting the works create themselves, essentially coming into existence in their own space.
I then tried combining this development with the previous one, to create somewhat of a photograph. Also in doing so, I feel that the medium is paper is becoming more evident than it was before.
Ink Pen and Paper
180gm paper, 210 mm x 297 mm
I like the concept of giving them the aesthetic of a photograph but not these combined. I wish to develop the aesthetic more so than the content of these works. Possibly go back to confronting an uncomfortable issue through the works again instead of just simplicity in the ideas.
Steering away from visually addressing hard-hitting topics, I wanted to explore the concept of visually portraying the way I view certain things in the world. Previously, it was how I view President Donald Trump, and I thoroughly enjoyed doing so. In not wanting to address sensitive topics, I decided that I would do something simple.
In doing so, I also wanted to pull back from the confinements of having to use paper as a medium. Instead, I aimed to let me creativity flow without any confinements to a particular medium of any sorts. While still wanting to address my interpretation of space; everything and anything is space, since space cannot be contained
I researched the book “The Great Controversy: Past, Present, Future” by Remnant Publications. The book discussed the view of the world and space in regards to history and religion. A summary of what I gathered from this book was that if we look at the world with a holistic point of view, we’re able to see the world in a different way. The analogy made in the book on an example of how things can be viewed is that the world is somewhat like a movie and we’re all the main characters in our own films with supporting characters. What these supporting characters do obviously impact what would happen to us as the main characters. All of this collectively makes me think of what my view on the world is and the people within it.
I’ve decided to illustrate people that exist within my space because I feel that people play a huge part in what your space is. As much as everyone is in control of their own space, (again let me reiterate that space to me is simply anything, its what you exist in and choose to exist in), other people have a lot of power over your individual space as well. The people that you’re surrounded by play into you’re emotional and physical state of being within you’re space. They can bring positivity, or negativity in regard to your emotional state. They also effect what it is that you’re doing within that space. Then there are people that you may not be surrounded by, but you encounter them regularly or just in passing. These people can play a powerful role in your mental state within your space, because these people can leave you confused, enlightened or even upset but all for a momentary space in time because you’re not being surrounded by them, just having an encounter. I decided to depict them in the way that I view them in my mind. Typically, I do not view things or items as the way that they already look like in their existence. For example, I can see a chair and I know what a chair looks like, but the way that its illustrated in my mind is more of a cartoon character as opposed to what an actual chair looks like. It’s a puzzling concept to explain, but I realize that I do not view things in the same way as others. And essentially, nobody views anything in the same way as others.
Taking all of this, I went on to decide on the people I would be depicting, while considering their role within my space at this time. Instead of drawing onto regular paper, I decided to draw onto the paper from “The Great Controversy: Past, Present, Future” seeing as this was my inspiration for this development.
Ink Pen and Paper
This development is one that I’m sure doesn’t necessarily meet briefs requirements of using paper as a medium because the ink pen is the medium more so than the paper from the book. However, I feel that creating these were necessary for me to let me creativity flow and lead me to new ideas.