Describe your interests and strengths based on your experiences in studio and seminar this semester. What did you learn about yourself? What do you enjoy making? What are you excited to learn more about?
Through this semester I have done a lot of projects and also learned a lot. Base on my experiences in studio and seminar, I have learned a lot of skills about how to think differently, and I think it became one of my strength. I tried to make everything artistic, and after succeed and failure, I could always learn more and develop the thinking. It was also the fun part of projects. The idea is the soul of every project, and any objects are valuable when it is imbued with meaning. Even though my handcraft skill is not as high, I use exciting ideas to make it up. To make the project as many meanings as possible, I tried to imbued meanings in materials, forms, structures, and colors. It was very successful that if an object is filled with deep thoughts, ideas and opinions, the object becomes an art. After all the explanation the project could be developed and be meaningful enough as an art. I enjoy using wax to make crafts because it is hard to form, easy to break, and meltable. The was the best material to present time and past. I wanted to learn more about the ways of making and forming wax projects.
Describe one dream project that you’d like to work on some day. What would you create and why? What materials would you work with? What kind of research would you need to complete before working on this? What kind of experience or training would you need? Would you work with anyone? If so, with whom would you work? Where would you showcase or display your project? What kind of audience might it attract?
The dream project I wanted to work is the exhibition of an experiential room with a wall-size clock. I always wanted to show time in my works, and the dream is to use my work to explain the definition of time as bright as possible through art. The material I would like to use is wax. As I said before, I think wax is the best material to show time. The technique can only be shown once because I am thinking to make an actual clock and all the gears are made of hard wax. At the beginning of the exhibition, the clock is moving and all the gears spinning, and we could hear and experience the tranquility of the room with the sounds of the clock. Then we heat the wax slowly to make the clock melt and not able to move anymore. The sound of the clock will be stopped, and we can see each part of the gear fall. For this project, I have to learn how does the clock work. If possible, I want to finish the whole art by myself, and it would be a goal for myself. I am thinking not to display the art in galleries but in the library or the similar places that are the quiet public place because I could attract everyone no mater if they think artistically. When different people are watching the art, they all think differently about is and that makes my art live in millions of minds differently and imbued with different meaning.
The artist is called Leng Jun; he is an artist that makes paintings as real as possible. The element of his art is the fish and Visceral. The painting was not imbued with very many meanings, but because the painting is as real as the picture, it shocked people. I made the fish less detailed and put the moon on the behind instead of the plate because it gives more sense of loneliness.
After reading the text, I decided to use apple, smoke, and music stuff to be the elements of this project. The apple shows that the girl is wondering something that is appropriated for her age, something childish. The smoke showed the smoking issue when she was ten years old. The music stuff is just what she is practicing for. The background was dark because it can show the unreasonable of her life and shows the loneliness of her.
I was inspired in the bookstore we went on Monday. It was a section called innovative from and it was made very differently. The authors did think out of the box and these were the most unlike-book book. There was one written in Chinese and describing the famous images we used in China. It is kind of the Chinese culture in these days.
I started the project with taking pictures of the city, and I took everything that was interesting to me. After I accidentally took a picture of the abandon mailbox, I had a bright idea for the project. There is a man behind this old mailbox, and it made me decided to find the signs that present the New York City. The Taxi, Statue of Liberty, and the “oneway” sign were what I found, and those were the pictures which present the city most. I made them as the messy background instead of using buildings. The repetition of the taxi, Statue of Liberty, and the “oneway” sign made the pictures attractive, and those signs are pointing or facing to the right. Then the viewers could find out the man in the images is going to the opposite direction. If watch closer, the man seems struggled or in pain, and this shows the backgrounds were the things that try to stop him. This is the image to show the life of the man as a New Yorker.
The West Village has trash bags are everywhere on the sidewalks. The sporadic trash bags on each block are not collected into one place which makes the neighborhood messy and affects the street by making it more crowded and less space for people to walk.
Why are the trash bags everywhere on the sidewalks?
Why aren’t the trash bags collected into one place?
Why is the problem not solved?
Why are people affected/not affected by the problem?
Why is it hard for people to solve by themselves instead of governor?
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