My inspiration sits on my window sill watching me sleep every night. (Shoutout to Steve and the thumbs.) Chickens have infested every aspect of my life. Everything else is meaningless. God isn’t real, but chickens are. They are the ones who brought me out of the darkness into the light. They are the motivation that keep me alive everyday.
For materials, I used a piece of plastic that has the societally implanted idea of monetary value to purchase some dead remains of trees that have been shaved down into long, thin cylinders. I used some thin metallic sheets to shape into a hella thicC bod. I wanted there to be some mobile aspect instead of a lifeless body so I decided to make the eyes move according to the position of the chicken. Instead of just doing the eyes, I went and also altered the head so that the comb (top fleshy part) and the wattle (fleshy chin part) also moved. After getting the overall shape of a dead chicken, I covered everything in epoxy. For the bod, I found some fabric in the recycling bins in the fashion open studio room. I tore up the fabric and it had a nice fluffy texture, which I used for the main part of the chicken. For the legs, I found this other thicC fabric which I cut and sewed into shorts, stabbing myself multiple times in the process. I love sewing.
I decided to name him Midterm because I had midterms, midterms are spooky, and it was spooky season. You can present him as a lifeless chicken on a surface or you can hang him by the feet wherever you want. A lot of people think that Midterm is gross. I hung him at the window and everyone I live with told me to take it down. So I hung him on the door. Let the chicken live, dammit.
After hanging out with Midterm under my bed, he has decided to reside there semi- permanently.
Midterm having an existential crisis.
Midterm having an identity crisis.
Midterm, post- crisis.
Midterm has nicer nails than you. And he’s dead.
Midterm soaking up the artificial sunlight full of artificial vitamins.
I decided to base my spirit animal off of a past piece I did.
(The story is that these unhappy people cry into these vases of dead plants, which are then carefully packaged into boxes labelled “fragile.” The cycle never ends.)
My main focus was facial expressions and body language. No one will ever know what a plant is feeling and thinking, or whether or not it is capable of these things at all. Sometimes I feel like a dying plant, but then the sunlight brings me back.
Although it is a paper based project, I decided to use wire to keep the flowers propped up. I used colored paper (tan and blue) for the main parts, and used purple and yellow Post-it notes for the filler flowers at the back. At the bottom, I stuck on a square of chipboard to keep it steady.
At the Bodys Isek Kingelez: City Dreams exhibition at MoMA, the pieces are arranged in a way so that they visually draw in the viewers: some pieces stand alone, while others fit snugly together like puzzle pieces. The artist uses everyday materials and found items, such as colored paper, commercial packaging, plastic, soda cans, and bottle caps, and gives them a new life as colorful structures. When put together, I don’t feel as if any work stands out by itself because they are all so detail oriented and become a bit overwhelming, but rather, there are specific architectural parts of each piece that I found intriguing. The unique shapes really solidified his statement of creating a futuristic civilization by going beyond conventional shapes into an alternate reality.
When I saw the work, I first imagined myself among these colorful structures and wondered how life would be to exist in this dream world. The fact that there was no visible human life also struck me as odd, as “These rarely shown works are a call for us all to imagine, in the artist’s words, a ‘better, more peaceful world.’” Is a better more peaceful world one in which there are no humans? After I scanned the exhibition, I was reminded a lot of Las Vegas, a place where everyone goes to have constant fun with flashy buildings, eye-catching performances, and enticing casinos. Imagining myself having to live in this “city” would make me feel as if I were in a dystopia where everyone is forced live happily in a specific life style determined by an omnipotent force, comparable to George Orwell’s 1984.
I should have stuck with this original idea from the beginning and spent more time on it. Though I like the sketchiness of the final, I would have liked to refine it a bit more and there are some sequences where the movement could’ve been more smooth (putting rubber bands on/ pot hitting person’s head and person falling.) I might’ve also changed the ending of the pot falling because the others all build up into that one moment while that scene felt too typical and expected. What goes up doesn’t have to come down. Overall, I am actually satisfied with the final outcome, something I don’t usually feel with my other works. During this extremely painful process of creating this animation, I realized that animating is very fun to play with though very painful to do, but I will definitely do more in the future.
From my original storyboard, I changed a few aspects of it. Because he goes through the fruit, bread, and fruit and bread section very quickly, I didn’t want there to be too much of a action heavy animation because I thought it would be too overwhelming to watch. For the fruitful sales deal, since there were two voices responding to the question, I changed it so that there were the two devil/angel situation on his shoulders because I thought it was fitting. As for the end, he gets a spoonful of his favorite brand of bleach and pours it on his head. He then realizes how much he loves bleach, shoves everything else aside, grabs the bleach, and proceeds to shake it all onto himself in pure joy.
“What is love?
Love is dead.”
I originally wanted a more grotesque style, but I went along with the simplistic, meme-y style due to the humorous attitude of the narrator. As my story goes, the narrator tries very hard to define the word love by comparing it to fruit and bread. Interrupted by his phone, he frantically texts “I <3 YOU.” to his supposed crush, who ends up ignoring his expression of love. The narrator, despite the same light tone in his voice, turns to the dark side because they have his favorite brand of bleach. I decided to go with the lack of colors because I felt that, with so much happening, that it would have been distracting. In addition, I didn’t want to have to animate the entire thing frame by frame, so for certain parts (texting, shaking of bleach) I decided to go with only 2 frames going back and forth.
My project will focus on animating one of the provided sound samples, “What is Love.” In this short audio clip, the narrator suggests certain objects and events that could be possible examples of what love could be. With this project, I want to tell a story within this seemingly simple sound. I don’t want a literal translation, so I decided to give the narrator a story of heartbreak. Halfway through the clip, he compares love to a conversation to which I will animate as him texting the love of his life, who doesn’t respond to his frantic messages. This act of rejection turns the narrator into a frantic rampage as he enters a state of depression and pours Chlorox bleach into his cereal as his “favorite brand” during his hearty breakfast. At the end, when the narrator says “Helllllll yeeaaahhhhh” everything turns red with fire and burns down into the dark abyss.
The style I want to go with this animation is more of a cartoonish, simplistic one. Although I make the characters simple shapes, I want them to be very dynamic with almost liquid like properties. In addition to being very squishy, their facial expressions will also vary from very expressive and complex to a very plain face.
For my window, I used my own drawing of a little doll-like person and placed her as a lone silhouette staring blankly outside. In the past, I have created a similar character but more human and leaning towards a Tim Burton style. They both have the same short brown hair, staring eyes, frowning mouth, plaid red scarf, and beige/ tan textured sweater.
I used Photoshop to draw out the girl and to place her behind the bars of the window. Her facial expression and stoic pose is mainly because she is unwilling to get involved with the outside world because of disinterest and that there is no point in doing so.
For my doll, I was mainly inspired by Tim Burton as well as Margaret Keane. Both of their art styles are very unique and both have wide, staring eyes in common. However, Keane’s eyes were more ‘glassy’ so I decided to use that aspect in my character. Overall, the meaning behind my window piece is open to interpretation.
After coming to New York, I found myself surrounded by buildings. Cement and concrete were everywhere. Outside, I found very little spaces of comfort. Everything seemed cold and unwelcoming. Even in the park, the grass was sealed off, only providing cold hard benches to rest on. I wanted to create a tangible feeling of comfort within this city. By using rabbit fur and a very versatile sponge, I would create a set of swings for people to lay in and to swing around in. My favorite playground equipment is the swing and I find it extremely relaxing to lay there and feel the rocking and the gentle breeze. I found that New York City is also a very fast paced city. People seemingly don’t have time to walk slowly or to fully take in their surroundings. By creating the installation, I would hope that people could find a comfort zone to relax and destress in.
The deadline was my inspiration for this project. (HA HA) I don’t think it’s really successful since I don’t think it really serves a purpose since it’s just random blobs of paint with ink drawn over it. If I had more time, I would probably either change my entire sketchbook or even stick with the same idea but blown up to a larger scale and add more detailed drawings of what I see in the blobs. Not happy with this but it is what it is. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
The collages and pieces I created for this class were all very interesting and different from what I usually do. I enjoyed going outside the box and drawing in weird ways like in the darkness of my room. Including senses aspect was also very interesting and new to me.