My inspiration for my installation piece is the popemobile as well as glass box tiny houses. The structure itself is comprised of a wood frame with glass panels. My posters are hung up inside the window and are visible from all angles on the outside. The unique aspect of my installation is that it does not have one permanent location because it has the ability to travel freely between around the world. Movement is not restricted to the ground; the glass box also has the ability to travel on water and fly. Some example locations for this work are national parks, oceans, and in the sky above large cities. The possibilities are endless. Because of its mobility, my installation will also be more accessible and be able to reach a diverse audience. I want everyone to be able to have the opportunity to view my installation. I wouldn’t attach a statement or give any context to my installation in my chosen location. It will be the audience’s job to create their own narrative and assign their own meaning.
Unfortunately, the second event I signed up for (the mobile mural workshop) was incorrectly labeled in the google docs sign up form. In the form, it said the workshop was at 1 pm, but when I arrived at the site the crew was just wrapping up. It had actually started at 10 am that day. I also ran into a problem with my first volunteer opportunity the day before because it was thunder storming.
The day of the parade I arrived early at the garden to help Dee Dee set up. I helped her hang a few of the posters with Dalia. Spending time with Dee Dee inspired me to become more involved in the maintenance of the summer, and I’m planning on reaching out to once finals end to ask about volunteer opportunities. I may not be able to become an actual member of the garden, but I’ll spend as much time there as possible because the women who run it are so kind and are making such in an impact in their community. I’m inspired by them, and I know I could learn a lot from them. I’m grateful we were so involved with this garden this semester. It’s helping me find my place in New York.
I value reflection in my day to day life. I keep a journal and a sketchbook with me at all times to keep track of my thoughts. I often look back at these entries and reflect on both the quality of my writing and my emotions at the time. Reflection is so important for my self-growth. Detailing my experiences reminds me of how far I’ve come. It reminds me of all that I’ve survived in the past few years and boosts my confidence. I often choose to reflect on my past when I’m struggling the most. For the most part in my sketchbooks and journals, I’m very optimistic. This helps my future-self.
My name is Nina and I’m a first-year BAFA student at Parsons and Eugene Lang. I’m studying fine arts at Parsons and interdisciplinary science and French at Eugene Lang.
During my second semester, my work has become more political. I’ve been focusing my writing and my artwork around climate change, specifically the environmental impact of fast fashion. I’m currently working on a research paper about fast fashion and have created two works of art about it as well.
The images above are from a series of drawings I created for my sustainable systems class. The assignment was to create a response to the documentary True Cost. This movie detailed the environmental and humanitarian consequences of fast fashion. The film was shocking, I couldn’t believe I was so oblivious to the damage retailers such as H&M, Zara, and Topshop are inflicting. My purpose for this series was to show a timeline of plastic pollution from polyester clothing. When polyester clothing is washed, it releases plastic particles, and these particles end up in our oceans. This is very harmful to marine life. I started my timeline with a polyester t-shirt and followed it being washed and its particles polluting the ocean, consumed by marine life, then eaten by humans.
The second piece I created about fast fashion is still a work in progress. This piece started as a passion project, but I’m hoping I can incorporate it into my sustainable systems final. This is a pen and ink drawing showing plastic pollution in the ocean. I created this piece by using pointillism and am very happy about the direction it’s going in. I would love to do more work like this in the future.
The last piece I’m going to share is a project I made for my drawing and imaging class. The assignment was to create portraits of another classmate. My classmate was a competitive swimmer for most of her life and one of her earliest memories was how scared she was of diving. I abstracted the figure in this piece to depict swimming and a sense of movement. This piece was done with charcoal on tracing paper, and I’m very proud of how it turned out.
When I arrived at Parsons, I was bitter about figurative work. I had done so much of it in high school and managed to avoid it until my second semester. After being forced to draw the figure more, I rediscovered my love for it and want to continue to abstract it during my time at Parsons.
Two of my favorite works from this semester came out of my space and materiality class.
Our first project was to make a mallet. This project was a huge challenge because I had never done woodworking before. I’m very happy with how it turned out and I love the idea of making functional artwork. I’m planning on continuing to do woodworking during my time at Parsons.
For my space and materiality final, I made a fabric book inspired by Louise Bourgeois’s work. These fabric books were based off some of my old journal entries and I used my process for these works as a means of self-understanding.
As for the remainder of my time at Parsons; I’m going to continue challenging myself by experimenting with new mediums, and I’m also going delve in further to my research of the consequences of fast fashion. I can see my work becoming more political as the years go on and possibly making some of this work interactive.
I’ve had many inspirations when it comes to artmaking, and I included a few of the biggest ones in my mind map. I depicted work from the artists Cy Twombly, Jack Whitten, Louise Bourgeois, Kazimir Malevich, and Peter Gallo. In addition to those artists, I included a drawing by one of my closest friends Mickey as well as a photo from Alec Soth’s Winnebago Workshop. Outside of those artists, I included a quote from one of my favorite books Too Much and Not the Mood by Durga Chew-Bose. This quote, in particular, has stuck with me throughout the last several months because it’s about the distortion of memory over time. This is something that affects me in my day to day life and has inspired much of my work. Lastly, my handwriting and journal entries have been the jumping off point for many of my artworks. I chose to include a couple of these in my mind map because they are often the catalyst for my creative process.
I haven’t written a formal outline for a paper since my sophomore year in high school. I’m surprised it’s been that long. Outlines are so helpful to the writing process because it allows you to create the structure for your paper. Outlines have always been the least intimidating means of starting a formal essay for me –– everything else about writing intimidates me. I’m really looking forward to starting the outline for my fast fashion research paper.
The theme for my third set of collages is products. For these pieces, I chose to depict my interaction with beauty products and express the alienation I feel from the beauty industry.
Visual research is a very unique type of research because it can happen anytime, anywhere. I collect visual research all the time without thinking about it. I’m constantly analyzing my surroundings, taking in new information and re-evaluating what’s familiar. I most commonly observe people, architecture, and transportation. All of this information I’m gathering helps me become more informed about the world around me, remember my way of the city, and interact with others in a more meaningful way. Visual research also makes me more appreciative of what’s around me. There’s so much beauty in your surroundings, and taking a moment from your day to look up and take it all in goes a long way.
That Which We Do Not See
What are the materials being used in each of the 3 bodies of work described in the galleries press release?
Patrick Martinez experimented with many different mediums in these three bodies of work including ceramic, acrylic, airbrush, stucco, house paint, spray paint, plastic, and neon.
What do these processes and materials communicate about the work? Do they add or distract from his overall aim?
Martinez’s works are very intentional and well-executed. He chose mediums that reflected his subject matter –– especially in the LA landscape paintings. I found the use of tile, spray paint, and house paint to be especially effective in that body of work.
What are the LA landscape paintings? How does he refer to them on this work?
Martinez refers to the LA landscape in these works by depicting traditional architecture through his color palettes, use of tile, and metal fencing. When I saw these works, I was immediately reminded of the architecture I’ve seen in LA and Miami.
Compare his American flag painting to two other famous American flag artworks of your choice. Research and compare how they differ in content and interrogate the symbol in different ways.
1. Jasper Johns created works of American flags in 1950s New York. Johns deviated from the flag’s traditional form and his interest in the properties of paints reflected the rise of abstract expressionism in New York at the time. However, unlike the abstract expressionists, Johns held onto recognizable subject matter. Both Johns and Martinez took a very recognizable, commonplace object and assigned it a new meaning. They challenged the audience’s perception of the American flag by presenting it outside of its traditional form.
(White Flag), c. 1955
2. Jean-Michel Basquiat also recreated the American flag in his work. Rather than an emblem of patriotism, Basquiat’s flag symbolized American injustice. It seems like Martinez’s work also challenged patriotism rather than upholding it.
Untitled (Flag), c. 1980
Do Martinez’s neon pieces do something new in art history that past neon works do not do? How do they add to this genre? Research Glen Ligon, Dan Flavin, and Paul Stephen Benjamin’s neon work for context.
Martinez’s neon artwork immediately reminded me of Glen Ligon’s works. I appreciate his approach because his messages are very powerful, however, I think neon text artwork has been overdone. I appreciate neon, but I prefer artists who find new ways of integrating it with other mediums. For example, I admire Mary Weatherford’s approach because she combines neon with paint.
Canyon, c. 2014
One of my favorite artists Tracey Emin also worked with neon in the late 90s –– her works were powerful because of its provocative and confessional subject matter.
Is Legal Sex Anal, c. 1998
What’s your favorite work in the show and why?
My favorite piece in the show was the American flag cake. This piece had the most emotional resonance for me, and I really admire his execution. The more I looked at the cake the more I noticed how detail-oriented he was. This work is packed full of meaning, and I’d love to hear Martinez talk about his intentions and process.
When I hear the word regenerative I think about an organism that is able to rebuild and transform itself –– in other words, a self-sustaining system.
Final Project Ideas
“Spread the Word”
Medium: Silkscreen, fabric, ink
Presentation: I plan to share these works with the public by either creating a garment that I’d walk in or make a very large banner.
1. Microbeads in cosmetics
2. Garbage Island/plastic pollution
3. Earth regenerating itself
4. Alphabet City Community gardens
For the first two topics, I would take my pen and ink drawings and screen print them onto fabric. My intentions for these works would be to inform others about microbeads in cosmetics and plastic waste. I want to educate people and encourage them to take steps towards reducing the waste they produce.
For the third topic, I would illustrate a timeline of Earth regenerating itself.
For the last topic, I would illustrate one of the Alphabet City community gardens. My audience for this topic would be different than the others. For this one, I want to reach as many people as possible who don’t know about the community gardens and encourage them to volunteer their time or talk to the leaders.
Linear vs Circular Economies
I’m also really interested in how our society can move towards a circular economy. I’m not sure how to portray this in our final and would need to do more research before I moved forward with this prompt.
For my final, I silkscreened my finished drawing onto an old skirt that I had. I tried printing on a few different fabrics, including canvas, but I ended up liking the way the cotton took the ink the most. Kush also silkscreened onto fabric and helped me start the process. Even though I had made a few mistakes while silkscreening, I really loved how this project turned out, and I’m looking forward to wearing this skirt this summer. Plastic pollution and how it affects marine life is something I’m going to continue to research on my own and incorporate into my work.
The actual event was different than I thought it would be, but I still had a really great day. It was so fun to see what other classmates had done for their projects and how they collaborated with one another to create an experience for the community. I especially loved the game a few students made out of the soda cans. This was one of my favorite projects along with Eden’s mushroom costume. One of the other activities I enjoyed seeing in the garden was the woman sitting and playing music. This created a calming atmosphere in the garden. I talked to a few members of the garden at the event, and I’m hoping to go back to the garden this summer and volunteer. It seems like a great community, and I would love to stay connected with the women who help keep it up and running.