Diptychs- Bridge II

PART I

No. 1:

The initial sketch for this piece was hand drawn, but the final was drawn digitally

Medium: Digital

5×7″

No. 2:

The two photographs are film pictures of my bed and my hand. I found it interesting how the body can reflect inanimate objects. The text is from a poem I wrote.

Medium: Film Photography, Digital

7×5″

No. 3:

This piece is commenting on how both genitalia and clothing are needlessly gendered. Equating the vagina with womanhood and the penis with manhood erases trans people and is very exclusionary. I used iron-on paper to put an anatomical diagram of the vagina onto “men’s” underwear, and an anatomical drawing of the penis onto “woman’s” underwear. On the backside of each item of clothing, I printed the words “MASCULINE” and “FEMININE” backwards, commenting on the aspect of vanity as well, because the only way to read it is by using a mirror.

Medium: Iron-on Transfer Paper, Underwear

About 10×10″

PART II

No. 4:

This was a collage focused on the body. I tried to give an angelic, ethereal religious feel. I find religious iconography really fascinating, so I tried to reference that with the gold leaf halos and the style of painting that I collaged from.

Medium: Collage, Gold Leaf

5″x7″

No. 5 :

I took photographs by Edward Weston and redesigned them. I tried to play with images of censorship in regards to genitalia. I tried to focus on how gender and genitalia intersect.

Medium: Digital Edit

No. 6: crouching figure and abstract counterpart

No. 7: pen abstract

1 Underwear Piece-

  • What conversation happened between each image in this diptych?

Color, Balance, and imagery related to gender and the body

  • 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?)

The underwear was a successful way to talk about the body because it is worn by the body. Underwear directly intersects with gender roles, genitalia, and the body.

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

The underwear is graphic and symbolic because of what it represents in society.

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

I learned that my work is more impactful when I take risks. I shy away from creating work that’s aggressive/assertive like this piece, but it seems like it is more effective at communicating when I do.

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

The materiality added to the meaning of the piece. It would not be the same effective piece of work if I created it with pen for example.

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

I did not research for this piece.

Regarding the whole process:

  • How does this experiment shift your overall thesis question?

This made me think of experimenting with gender roles and genitalia.

2 (The figure and its abstract counterpart)-

  • What conversation happened between each image in this diptych?

The color scheme is the same (red, black, and white) but the styles juxtapose each-other, figurative vs abstract.

  • 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 don’t think that the medium added any extra information/context to the piece (unlike some of my other pieces). However, it was able to capture my emotion well.

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

I used gouache, and the material was able to capture the fluid, emotional quality of the piece.

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

I learned that I love working with gouache. I prefer acrylic over oil, and gouache felt like an extension of acrylic. I enjoyed its fluid yet opaque quality.

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

I don’t think it added any extra meaning however it represented the emotions well.

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

I did not research for this piece.

Regarding the whole process:

  • How does this experiment shift your overall thesis question?

This represented existing in a body as a visceral and emotional experience, focusing on dysphoria. This steers away from my planned thesis question about gender stereotypes and gender roles but it can still fit in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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