Silk Screen Series

For this print series, I used another photograph I took while I was studying abroad in England. I took this picture of the city’s Cathedral while standing on the walls (subject of my mono print). This series took a few trails to finalize. For the first round, I started by printing my last layer as a stencil to guide me in registering my next layers. I used Photoshop to polarize my original image to get a few colors to use and made a transparency for each of these layers. I had five layers and it became too dense. I also had a really hard time registering my final layer with my original stencil layer. When I first did this, I imagined a more painterly effect, but silk screen doesn’t really create that. After group feedback, I decided I needed to go in a different direction. I did this by changing the colors and simplifying the layers. Instead of using fives layers, I only used two layers without starting with the stencil. This took away the complication of exact registration and added depth without being too much. Just the pencil sketch of the Cathedral is a powerful image alone and I was originally trying to add too much. The change of color is what really transformed my print. I was trying to use the same colors as my mono print, but I decided it needed to be much lighter. I went from dark green to a light, mossy green and from black to gray. I used these two colors to create a gradient for the background. The gradient simulates the fog and mistiness of English weather. The gradient was my first layer that provided the depth of the piece. For my second layer, I used a dark green in some pieces and a dark gray in others to overlay the gradient. Both of these colors add a different effect to the image. The dark green shows a type of refinement in the detail, while the gray has a more ghostly/misty appearance. I think the pencil sketch/line work also adds to the foggy appearance. It’s as if there is a layer of fog that blurs the values in the image and the only thing left to see if the edges. The lines also help with composition. The lines lead the viewer’s eye all around the page to look at every detail of the Cathedral. My favorite of these three pieces is the top left one. The gradient on this piece has hints of green all the way through, making it look like there is moss on the building which there is in real life. One of my main goals was to emphasize the atmosphere of England and the detail of the Cathedral and I think this piece captures that the best.

This image also represents my time in England and how it changed my future plans, as did my mono print. I wanted to continue with this theme because it is such a hot topic in my life right now. It also shows a bit more than that. The Cathedral was one of my favorite places in the city. I visited several times and always found something new in the architecture, the art, and the people. The detail of the building in person is the detail I tried to capture in my series. It’s a beautiful building where I spent several afternoons so it seemed fitting in my England portfolio.

For this series, I was inspired by Jennifer Bartlett. Her silk screens were full of detail. One of my favorite aspects of silk screens is the possibility for detail and Bartlett’s piece showed me how the detailed pieces can be just a great as the bold and simplistic pieces. I was also inspired by Taylor from class. She was the one who gave me the idea to create the gradient effect to capture the foggy essence of England and that’s when everything clicked into place. I was stuck after my first attempt at this series, but her feedback gave me the push I needed to clarify my ideas. Overall, Jennifer Bartlett and Taylor provided me with inspiration to create a piece I am happy with.

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Chester Walls – Monoprint

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For my first print series, I used a photograph I took while I was studying abroad in Chester, England. The city is encircled by these walls that the Romans built centuries ago. They beautifully structured and rich with history, which provided me with inspiration for this first series. Analytically, I think the series does a few interesting things. First off, I explored different sizes of each print as well as different levels of zoom. Exploring different sizes and levels of zoom allowed me to focus on the amount of detail. For example, on the closer zoom piece, the tree and the light post have more detail, whereas in the less zoomed piece there is more detail on the cobblestone and the railing. Not only did detail change within each piece, but the differing sizes also made it seem as if the observer is walking along the walls. Another aspect of this piece and my personal favorite aspect is the composition. I like the way the path leads the viewers eye through the page and acts as an arrow to other parts of the piece. I also like the sense of wonder and mystery that is associated with a path that continues on. The observer wants to follow the path and see what discoveries lay ahead. As for color, I used mostly black, variations of gray, and small amounts of brown and red. I wanted the color choices to embody the gray and dreary weather of England. Another main aspect of this piece is the layering. This was a relatively new tool for me to use. By taking each piece layer by layer, I think it adds a subtle complexity and adds to the whole idea of how beautiful and rich in history these walls are.

As I mentioned previously, I took this photo in Chester, England. My study abroad experience was one of the best things I have ever done and it has made me rethink everything I want to do with my life. With that in mind, this series bears a lot of weight because it represents both how amazing my time was in England as well as decisions about the future. I am currently applying to grad schools in England and every time I would work on this series, I would be motivated for that goal by my past memories and the idea of where is the path taking me next. Throughout the past month of working on this project, the path has come represent my path for the future/senior year/grad school. As I mentioned previously, it is not only the observer of the piece who wants to follow the path and see what ahead in this composition, but myself as well.

Two artists who inspired me were Whistler and Amie Roman. I discovered Whistler through the printmaking books and immediately admired his level of detail. His monoprint pieces are breathtaking and while I am not quite at that level of detail yet, he inspired me to at least try. He also added some washy effects to some of his pieces and I wanted to represent that rainy/washy effect into my pieces as well. I was also inspired by Amie Roman, who I discovered online when I was researching before the project started. She does a lot of printmaking of nature and subjects within nature. One of her pieces of a mountain used a very subtle color palette of navy blues. I liked the simplicity of her colors and wanted to transcend that subtly into my works as well. Overall, these two artists inspired my piece and gave some ideas to run with.

AVE-olution.

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The definition of evolution is the “gradual development of something, especially from a simple to a more complex form.” AVE-olution is exactly that but it is a gradual development of me.

The whole semester I was looking forward to this project. I absolutely love working with charcoal and I have done a self portrait before so I thought I had this project in the bag. Key word: THOUGHT. I definitely didn’t know how much time, commitment, and love this project was going to obtain. However, it turned out to be one of the most rewarding projects of the semester (I will talk more about this later).

The first day, I walked into class feeling ready to get this project started. However, I ended up accomplishing almost nothing as I sat there for two hours, as you can see in the first picture. By the time I left class that I day I was beginning to feel discouraged about this project. It wasn’t coming as naturally as I thought it was going to. At this point, I really needed to step away from the piece and take a breather.

Coming back the following class period, I was feeling motivated again. As I thought about my piece so far, I decided that I needed to add more charcoal to the background because I was having an extremely hard time getting a range of different grays. So I spent the majority of this class period blackening my paper. I’m so glad that I ended up doing this because it made a world of difference! I was able to get rich form because I took that extra time.

After I had more opportunities to develop different grays, something in my brain clicked and my face just started to emerge off the sheet. This class period was the most successful for me. While I was still lacking in progress compared to the rest of the class, I felt like I finally got into a grove with this project.

As I continued to erase from my nose, to my philtrum, to my lips I was feeling so confident. Stage three of AVE-olution is what I presented in the first in-class critique. Julia confirmed my new found confidence by sharing how she felt like my piece was so real. There were confirming nods from other classmates and after the critique I was ready to tackle what I was most worried about, the eyes.

They eyes intimidated me because they have such a stereotypical shape and I was worried I was going to stop drawing what I saw and start drawing what I thought I saw. I was also worried because we were completely out of class days so I was going to have to rely on my gut and artistic ability alone to finish up the piece. It turned out that I was worrying about nothing. The eyes didn’t take me as long as expected because I had adjusted to drawing shapes and ignoring the idea that it was an eye. I’m also very proud of my eyes because I had to draw the eyes 100% on my own.

Overall, this project was my favorite. I felt like I learned a lot about how to see instead of judge, how to use new techniques, and how to be patient. I mentioned that this project was the most rewarding and I wouldn’t doubt that for a second. This project made everything came full circle for me. I took something that I learned from the previous projects and used them to make my self-portrait the best it could be. This project has taught me how to see things outside of the class differently as well. I started seeing people’s faces in terms of shadow. I look at someone and think “Woo, that’s an interesting shape of light on her nose.” And I think that’s pretty cool. Because of this project, I feel life I can draw anything.

This class has been a very exciting adventure for me. With every new project, I gained more and more appreciation for everything that class was about. I thought my peers created an amazing work space and made it possible for me venture out as an artist. I couldn’t imagine sharing this class with anyone else. All in all, I learned something from my peers, my professor, and myself from this class and I will be able to take what I learned and apply it to the real world. It is classes like this that made me want to come to Agnes Scott. Not only did each one of my projects evolve, I evolved as a person as well. It is truly an AVE-oultuion.

research for beYOUty.

http://womenshealth.gov/body-image/

http://www.eatingdisorders411.com/body-image-statistics.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jjj7YpeFaQg

http://www.healthyplace.com/eating-disorders/articles/body-image-questionnaire-and-how-to-love-your-body-and-yourself/ 

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/positive-thinking/SR00009

http://www.spiritanimal.info/hummingbird-spirit-animal/

http://www.spiritanimal.info/dragonfly-totem-spirit-animal/

http://13thdruidofavalon.tripod.com/druidplanet/id89.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butterfly

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hummingbird                        

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beYOUty in four sentences.

Every day, people think negative and degrading thoughts about themselves that suck up energy, time, and happiness. My hummingbird/butterfly animal uses it’s beak to retract negativity and uses it’s talking wings to give compliments that are specific to that person which creates an atmosphere of happiness. The materials used were picked for the two reasons; to turn something rejected into something beautiful and to convey a little something different to each person who views it. The shape of my super animal is important because if was any bigger it would be more showy which is not the point of my animal.

beYOUty.

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Body image is an underestimated social ill that many people ignore. With each generation self-hate and body image get worse and there has to be something to fix that.
The following statistics are evidence of why I feel so strongly about the body image issue.

Among children 8-10 years old, 50% are dissatisfied with their body size.
$109 million is spent in the US every day on diet and weight loss products.
Approximately 91 percent of women are unhappy with their bodies and resort to dieting to achieve their ideal body shape.
Only 5 percent of women naturally possess the body type often portrayed by Americans in the media.

America has a serious issue on their hands. Wouldn’t it just be so much better if there was a Super Hero that could help fight this issue and make this atmosphere a place of positivity and happiness?! That is where my creation comes in.

My hero is a mix of a hummingbird and a butterfly. It uses the hummingbird’s beak to suck all of the negative thoughts and feelings out of the person’s head. It then uses its butterfly wings (which are much more powerful and louder than humming bird wings) to speak kind, positive, and happy thoughts to the person. Something that is extremely unique about this super animal is the fact that it looks differently to each person. It portrays to him/her what is specifically beautiful to that person. I’m very passionate about fixing this problem and I can only hope that my humming butterfly will in essence one day be real.

Making this piece became just as important to me as the social ill itself. I wanted it to be perfect to display how significant this issue is to me. The materials I chose for this product where based on the idea that it could look attractive to anyone. I really wanted to make sure it was pleasing to the eye and that everyone who looked at it saw something a little different. The main material I used to portray this was the cut up soda can pieces. The shine of the aluminum adds a memorizing point of view. This helps my idea of my bird looking different to each person. Another main material I used was the bobby pin for the beak of the humming bird. Not only was this long enough to portray a real beak of a hummingbird, but the fact that it was made out of something women use to make themselves look better was very ironic. However, instead of using a bobby pin to make someone look better, it is used to take those insecurities away. My other materials helped me tie together the piece as a whole. Overall, I was blown away with how I could take trash and turn it into something beautiful.

I’m thrilled that I got the chance to become so involved in a project. Not only did I get to do art, which I love, but I got to create a piece with a concept that could change the world. What is better than that?

wasteland.

Wasteland was incredible, simply incredible. I’m not sure what else to say to describe how blown away I was by Vik Muniz. He was passionate, excited, and always willing to do what is right. What I love the most about Muniz was his attitude towards his work. He doesn’t create art for himself, but instead, he creates to shed light on something that is much bigger than himself. I think this is why his work is so powerful and important. People understand that there is so much more to his pieces than just what meets the eye. During the film when they showed the final pieces, I got a little bit emotional because I had become so involved in what they were creating. I couldn’t imagine what it would be like to see his work in person.

What also blows me away is his use of materials. I’ve never seen anyone use materials in such a way that he does. What makes it so mind blowing is the fact that even the materials contribute to the meaning of the piece. This is evident in all his collections, especially in his pieces from the landfill.

Muniz makes me want to be an activists of art. I want to figure out ways to change the world through art and I haven’t felt so inspired about doing so in a long time. Wasteland not only gave me inspiration on this upcoming project but also gave me inspiration to change the world.  

thinking outside the box while drawing inside.

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My Process (Image 1)
To be honest, this project was a challenge for me. Since the day we got the assignment in class, I haven’t felt as confident in my ideas compared to previous projects. I felt stuck. And part of this was my own doing. The words I got for my inspiration were stable and disturbed. Both of these words are a bit foreign to me and I didn’t really have a clear idea of how I was going to go about it. However, as hard as it was, I was also intrigued by the struggle. I wanted to push myself in a new direction and really stretch my limits. Hopefully, that’s what I’ve done so far.

Because I wasn’t as familiar with these words and their connotations, the word map was TOUGH. It took me way longer than I had expected. But once I finished the list, I felt much better about where my project was taking me. Then I had to take on the thumbnails.

My biggest struggle with the thumbnails was sticking out with one idea and really searching every possibility with that idea. My mind kept jumping from idea to idea! It was hard for me to slow down and really rack my brain. That is something that I wish I would have done more of. I also put a lot of detail into my thumbnails instead of just sketching it out. In the end, I was actually glad I did detailed thumbnails but during the process it was took a very long time.

Shooting the photographs was my favorite part. By this time, I had a very clear idea of how I wanted to present my words. For my stable representation, I chose to use concrete stairs as my subject. They convey the word “stable” exactly. The composition also echoed my cut paper square precisely.

I also enjoyed the mounting process. I’ve actually learned the process in a previous photography in high school and it was great to refresh how to use tacking iron and mounting press. Even though I have used the tools before, it was nice to learn new measuring techniques. I was able to mesh previous techniques with new ones and found a way that worked best for me.

Julia’s Process (Image 2)
During critique day, I was looking at all the finish pieces next to each other and to be honest, Julia’s was not one that stood out to me at first. However, when she gave her two cents about the piece, I was struck by her creativity and originality.

My favorite thing about her piece is her shy photograph. At first, I was distracted by the line going through the piece. I thought it was more bold than shy. But the more I studied the piece, the more I realized how shy it truly is. Because the yellow flower buds are out of a focus and peaking into the picture, it conveys a sheepish and timid mood. I don’t think this mood would be as powerful without the juxtaposition of the bold line through the center. The yellow of the buds also shows a sense of shyness. Usually yellow is a very bold and exciting color, but because it has a duller hue, this yellow seems more hidden.

Her depiction of bold is also very enticing. My favorite regarding these pieces is the direction she chose to make the cut paper piece and the photograph. I personally love how they are going in different directions. I think it helps each square become even bolder.

Julia did a great job conveying her words, bold and shy. Her piece was simple but the longer the viewer looked, there was more and more detail. Overall, I love Julia’s piece the more I think about it and I’m intrigued to see more of her art.

wow.

Just wow. That’s all I see fit to explain my feelings about the most recent artist talk featuring Debbie Grossman. I was “wowed” in both good and bad ways while listening to Grossman tell us about her life, her work, and her art. There were times when I felt really inspired by Grossman and there were others were I crinkled my eyebrows and contemplated exactly what she saying. However, I think having both the agreeable and not so agreeable in her style made Grossman unique, passionate, and a true artist.

The Good Wows.

Something that I loved about Grossman was her ability to except truth and reality. I was so inspired when she was explaining how she understood how frustrating it is to make art. I loved how she realized her work wasn’t great in the beginning of her career, but she also came to understand that deep down she was an artist and she HAD to make art. I really love the reality to this because sometimes I feel a bit lost in my ability and my passion for art but it was comforting to see such a unique and powerful artist admit she was in my shoes just years ago.

I also loved how Grossman advised us to “be a little cocky and sure of [ourselves].” Grossman didn’t strike me as someone who was proud or arrogant about her work but when she said this, I couldn’t help but admit that she was so right. I’ve always known this in the back of my mind but it became so real when Grossman said it. If you can’t be a little bit cocky about your own work than it’s going to be really hard to convey to other people how important the piece is to you. I loved that if there was only one thing she wanted us to take away from her talk, it was to be confident in what we do and trust our gut.

Her photography was very interesting. I loved her concept! I think it is so great that she wants to tell her own truth and give a new empowerment and strength to women. I’ve never seen anything like her work and I was totally blown away with her creativity. I also liked how she worked with many ideas until she came up with the one that felt right to her. She seems to follow her heart and that is my favorite thing about her.

The Bad Wows.

As much as I love Grossman’s concept and individuality, there were a couple things that rubbed me the wrong way. One of those things was her manipulation of an existing piece of art. Her craft of manipulating the pieces is impeccable, but I wish she would have recreated the scene and shot the picture herself. My favorite thing about photography is the opportunity to capture a moment and Grossman seems to take that magic away from the original pieces.

I also had a hard time with her presentation. I could tell that Grossman was extremely passionate about her work, but her nerves seem to get in the way. I wish she would have had a little bit more energy to really make her work come alive.

Even though there were a few things I didn’t agree with, I think that makes her art and personality more real and exciting. Obviously, I’m not going to understand or agree with Grossman 100% of the time but that leaves me wanting to know more about her. Overall, I really enjoyed learning about such a unique artist. From both Jiha Moon and Debbie Grossman, I learned how important it is to add personal experience and emotion when creating art. I can’t wait to take this inspiration from two incredible artists back to my own work!

blind contour.

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Doing the blind contour project was extremely interesting for me and really opened a whole new world. I went into the assignment with a pretty open mind and was excited to see other parts of my brain take more control.

I found that I enjoyed using my non-dominant hand and listening to instrumental music. It made it easier to concentrate and made my results look more like an actual hand! I found that I had a looser grip when using my non-dominant hand and it made the flow of the contours look more effortless.

The picture I chose to provide is a bit of the whole process. I like you can see the charcoal and the sharpie in this piece. I also enjoy how my handwriting is included. It provides a sense of authenticity. Overall, I really enjoyed doing this project! I feel like this activity helped me see things without really seeing them. Very cool.

Something that I would like to do in the future is do many layers of blind contours. Each item I would draw would be something representational to who I am but would seem a mess to anyone else. I think doing multiple layers would add depth and a new sense of personality. I would also like to do it on a huge canvas! It would definitely be a project for my spring break!