• pinterest
  • vimeo

Bridge 2: Visual Culture

Theme: Gender (sex, androgyny, LGBTQX, oppression)

Topic: Effect of gender expression on people’s view of a persons sexuality/ societal pressures around sexuality

Link to Theme Exploration

First 3 diptychs:

 

Mediums used:

Diptych 1- Pink, blue, and purple (the bisexual flag colors) color pencils and a black sharpie.

Diptych 1- Red, blue, and black Stabilo point 88 pens

Diptych 3- Crayons and chalk pastels (‘male’ vs ‘feminine’ colors)

 

Diptych 4:

Diptychs 5-7:

 

Mediums used:

Diptych 4: Illustrator illustrtaion animated through After Effect

Diptych 5: Pencil, red acrylic paint, unwatered black watercolor, light molding paste (meant to show innocence vs guilt/violence)

Diptych 6: Collage made of printed then cut paper, frosted magic cover, and clear packaging tape

Diptych 7: Red paint (under gold leaf), gold leaf, black and white acyrlic paint

 

Successful Diptych 1:

  • What conversation happened between each image in this diptych?

The image on the left is very flat, but it is using red and blue lines which is typical of 3D work. The one on the right is more 3D but due to the lack of background and the single line, it is still very flat. I feel like there is a conversation about the figure coming to be.

  • How was the medium selected successful at supporting the content of your object, form, or image? (if it was not as successful as others, why?)

I chose this one partially because I love single line art and ink/pen-based art (so I’m biased), but also because I feel that people often overlook the simple works, though I feel like in this piece it is the simplicity that makes you focus on the figure.

  • How did the materiality (medium used) affect the content or meaning of the individual artworks?

Both pieces are made with pen and were meant to be single line drawings (but the red pen left the page a couple times in the left one. I always associate red and blue overlapping with 3D so I feel that the fact that it’s flat makes you wonder why it’s done the way that it is. I like that the sketchy quality of the one on the right elongates the fingers and shows the importance of the face being blocked.

  • What did you learn about your content through this medium exploration?

I learned about the importance of accessories and how you don’t need to show someone’s face to create a self-portrait. I also learned that I was correct in assuming that people would see flowers, especially a flower crown, as heavily feminine.

  • How did the medium you used change the context of your object, form, or image?

The medium and the way that I  used it took the focus off the background and surroundings and focused seriously on the individual figure and the idea of an internal struggle. It also provided a very straight-forward high contrast way to look at the subject.

  • What websites/books/ museums/galleries/other artists did you research during this process for ideas and inspiration

A history of line art. Minimalist line art. Creating hand-drawn 3D art.

 

Successful Diptych 2:

  • What conversation happened between each image in this diptych?

There is a conversation about which is more important and which is ‘richer’, the person or the society around them.  There is also a converstaion about how much information you need to describe a figure.

  • How was the medium selected successful at supporting the content of your object, form, or image? (if it was not as successful as others, why?)

I feel that the medium was very successful especially since it helped me to better my question/topic. The gold leaf in the second piece is the most successful part because not only is it eye-catching, it seems to tell a story. You can tell that there is a figure and that the figure is likely proud and/or happy, possibly even successful, almost transcendent.

  • How did the materiality (medium used) affect the content or meaning of the individual artworks?

The gilding gave the piece a greater sense of importance and finish. The black and white aspect took away some of the heavily gendered overtones. The brushstrokes and way that acrylic paint holds brushstrokes allowed me to create a very ambiguous landscape and impressionistic flowers.

  • What did you learn about your content through this medium exploration?

I learned that we associate colors so closely with gender that when you take away the color the gender is much more ambiguous. I also learned how powerful a portrait can be without even painting in the figure/center of the portrait. It helped me shift the question/topic I was focusing on to a slightly more general question/topic not focused so much on more person.

  • How did the medium you used change the context of your object, form, or image?

Gilding always seems to elevate a piece or the subject of a piece because it gives it the aesthetic of gold. Mixed with the way that acrylic paint dries, the gold looks even shinier.  The medium and the effects that it had on the diptych is more evident in the piece on the right because the gilded silhouette of the figure makes the figure seem almost magical. The medium (acrylic paint) and the fluidity of it also allowed me to give the idea of a landscape without actually having to paint a full landscape.

  • What websites/ books/museums/galleries/other artists did you research during this process for ideas and inspiration?

Beginners gilding. An article against black and white paintings. Impressionist flowers. More impressionist flowersDaubigny’s Garden by Van Gogh. Impressionist backgrounds.

Regarding the whole process:

  • How does this experiment shift your overall thesis question?

This experiment shifted my question from a question based on one friend’s experience with being discriminated against/having assumptions made about her sexuality based on the way she expresses her gender (very feminine/girly), to a more general question about social expectations and assumptions based on gender expression.

Leave a reply

Skip to toolbar