The Fantastic Four project is a project that we were assigned to essentially help us figure out what kind of art we want to be making moving forward. We were tasked with creating four pieces; two for Head, and two for Heart. Head pieces are supposed to express the content that I enjoy making art about, while Heart pieces focus more on the subjects that I have found myself returning to over time and the media I enjoy using.
For my first head piece, I depicted an old stone house at belle isle. The content I enjoy focusing on is about space, and how spaces change over time. Since I love the juxtaposition of the natural and industrial, this often manifests itself in pieces with things not from nature in nature. I chose to depict this scene because I love how the plants and foliage grow through the house, and how the house is still standing but unlivable, as if it is slowly degenerating and returning to nature which demonstrates how the space has changed over time.
The color I put in the background doesn't really add to the content, but it was inspired by @kinkanone_ who puts bright shades of yellow in the background of his ink drawings, which make them seem almost abstract from afar, which I really enjoy. I wouldn't say the color is very successful in this piece, but I'm glad I tried it out.
For my second head piece, I decided to make a sculpture. My idea was to cut holes in several thick sheets of paper that slowly get smaller and smaller and cover the holes with tissue paper, in hopes that it would create a see-through hole that emphasizes space and the overlapping of the layers. This supports the content I was trying to express about how spaces change and evolve over time.
Unfortunately, the tissue paper ended up being thicker than I expected, and you weren't able to see all the layers. I was okay with that, because even though you can't see the layers I knew they were there, which adds to the content of how things that have changed aren't always able tot be seen. But, I added a light behind the layers to show that there was in fact something behind the paper, implying depth. The piece is also heavy because of this, which I really like because it also hints that there is more going on than meets the eye.
I added the string as a last touch, in an attempt to emulate how Chiharu Shiota uses string in her work to help represent and manipulate space, and also just to make the content a little bit clearer.
^^^ Here's a video of the piece with the light in the back on!
I started this experimental video shortly after Sasha Water's lunchtime lecture, where we watched one of her films which I loved. When brainstorming for my heart pieces, I realized that what I love depicting (and making a point to appreciate in day to day life) is the beauty of natural things. I love the way light can add so much depth to a scene, and how versatile and flexible it is, so I wanted to try making it the star in this experimental video. It isn't the most successful piece; I wish I had taken more clips or different types of light, and if it had more of a clear purpose it would probably be less cheesy, but it is simply an exploration so I'm happy I tried it out.
For my final heart piece, I went back to the basics with painting! I used to love painting, but honestly, coming back to it after sculpting made me feel kinda odd. I think I enjoy how much I use my hands in sculpting more than painting, and how you feel closer to a piece. Anyways, I still really like how this piece turned out. Its a stylized version of a picture I took of my own backyard, which is in line with the theme of nature from my play pages. I also realized that I use my own pictures (vacations and daily life) as the subject for my play pages a lot more often than I thought after flipping back through, so I think it was really good that I brought that back in the "heart" section. In the future, I think it would be a good idea if instead of choosing convenient pictures I have already taken of things I like, I can incorporate the picture taking part more deeply in the process to give the scenes more meaning.