- What did you learn from this mapping exercise?
I learned that I use a lot of the same techniques when creating pieces. The only time my habits were broken was when we were instructed to use a material that I was un familiar with. However, these pieces still felt cohesive with my body of work. I found that I subconsciously used a lot of the visual vocabulary topics that we talked about in class, but now that I am able to recognize them, I can better plan within my own work.
- What were the surprises?
The surprises were the symbols that repeat in my work, without me knowing. By looking at my work all together, I was able to see what styles and symbols I gravitate towards. It is cool to be aware of this, because I can use this information to develop and strengthen my personal visual vocabulary.
- What did you expect?
I expected to see similarities between my physical style in 2D work, because I have been drawing for a long time and have somewhat of an idea of what I like. However, I was not sure how my experimental 3 D work would reflect this. I like that I was able to see growth in how one informed the other.
- How do you need to move forward to further understand your visual vocabulary?
I think that learning to use these words in context will help me to be better able to talk about my work confidently. Seeing examples of the work that applied to visual vocabulary helped it to make sense.