I made this last year for my Advanced Studio class. Our project was to pick an artist (but not the typical ones that everyone picks like Van Gogh or Monet) and mimic their style. So, as I was trying to look for an artist I've never heard of before whose art was really amazing and innovative, I stumbled on exactly that: www.thisiscolossal.com/2014/03…
This Indian couple, going by the nickname Hari and Deepti, cuts silhouettes out of watercolor paper and layer them on top of each other to create an image or scene, then they put them together in a shadow box and place a light behind it, making for a stunning creation! After looking through all their pieces, I read how they make them, then decided the supplies would be simple enough to gather! Then my mind was set on mimicking their style to depict this amazing scene from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban! I'm not sure what they're called, but I like to call them "Light Boxes"!
I love Harry Potter! Ob...viously...(said in Snape's voice) So it was a simple decision to make! The third book/movie isn't my favorite, but I love them all anyways! Plus, this scene is just soooo amazing! Harry totally kicks ass in this moment! First, he tried to save his Godfather, who he thought was trying to murder him only moments earlier, from having his soul sucked! Then he and Hermione went BACK IN TIME to save Sirius! Then he performs his first successful patronus, which scares away 100 dementors! Now, try and tell me that isn't awesome! And clearly this moment in the series is one of the most iconic as well as one of the most visually engaging! It was a must for this project!
It was simple enough and I got the hang of it pretty quickly! It was weird though, trying to capture my style in their art form. To cut my images instead of draw them. But it sure was fun! And I bought a light that changes to the coolest colors, so it's a pretty awesome creation that you can stare at for quite a while! I wish I could find a way to upload a video of it changing colors, but I don't have the time. But yeah, this is a picture of how it looks in the dark with the inside light on! It turned out exactly how I imagined it would and it's probably my favorite piece of art I've ever done! I was supposed to upload all of my favorite art projects I did throughout high school during the summer but I forgot, so I had to upload this now, before I start my second one! So, if you liked this, look forward to more of these, b/c I love 'em! The next one will be a depiction of the scene in The Nightmare Before Christmas where Jack Skellington sings on the iconic hill in Halloween Town's graveyard! I can't wait!
Oh, and btw, that Harry Potter logo is the one I made for my Graphic Design class as well. We got to recreate a book jacket and I chose to do the Deathly Hallows but we couldn't use the same font or logo as the original, so I made my own font!
I'm actually really proud of this one. it's quite an achievement for me
Total time bout 1 week (spread over two cause was also painting a tyrant)
Techniques: Experimental wet blending on carapace and claws.
Upgrading my painting skill again.
God dammit this thing took so long to paint. If anyone was wondering why I had not posted anything decent for a while, this is the reason.
Now I really don't know why I am painting this one just to give it away to my friend Ivan who's going home to Indonesia. It's his model and so yes.... I have no idea why I'm giving it away after all that effort.
kinda feel sad. So in a way, this post is my way of remembering this model as I'm unlikely to see it again T___T
TECHNOLOGICAL DETRITUS (1 of 3 parts) Year 12 - HSC Body of Work 2008 Materials: Nikon D70 Camera, plastic people, plastic babies, torch, floppy disks, printer ink cartridges, speakers/parts, wires, video tape, batteries, Samsung flash camera, CD-ROM, foamcore, VCR player, Matte white Enamel spray paint, Calcite primer paint, Araldite Expoxy (2 part resin) glue, PVA glue, Super glue, Hot-melt glue.
My major body of work "Technological Detritus" is about technology and how it has changed throughout history/the past and impacted humanity. Society today, 2008 lives in a world that is rapidly advancing, surrounded by the ever present and dominance of technology. Technology/change has become a reoccuring theme for my work. This is due to its influence on our growing population and sustainability of such resources.
The work is based on my study of Australian artist Ricky Swallow. His momentums, replicas and miniature artworks have acted as a primary inspiration and influence of my whole body of work.
Assemblages 1, 2, 3 (Technological Detritus I, II, III) all have their own separate qualities and conceptual ideas within them. Time and change are essential aspects/themes to the whole artwork. Time is so important to everyone because it is everything/all.
*Detritus is latin for rubbish/junk.
- "Technological Detritus I" deals with technology in the everyday. It focuses on how we all have grown up and experienced or been impacted by the surrounding technology. It also provokes the little changes/developments that have occurred throughout the past. The use of babies and people suggest that the impact occurs to everyone not just one individual.
- "Technological Detritus II" is about technology through employment and the workforce. It focuses on global linkages, connections and communications as well as office sector and the CBD environment. The frames is rather symbolic of views/perspective. Each of the three frames represent a different scenario/aspect of life. Frame 1 features ticking clocks, proking the sense of time. The clocks work well with the assemblage as it forces the audience to be silent and contemplate. It suggests time and money justaposed with the frames. While the other frame features plastic money symbolic of society's desire for wealth and material possessions. The last frame features people looking at themselves on the other side of the frame. This could provoke the idea of identity or individuality. Again its provoking the idea of change and with the people looking at themselves act as a way of goal setting saying to themselves "that's who I want to be in 10 years time..." The tiny people figures all bundled in groups suggest the office/CBD work environment. The assemblage may also remind you of Pitt Street Shopping Mall, one of Australia's busiest shopping strips or Sydney Town Hall train station peak hour traffic - a nightmare!
- "Technological Detritus III" is more concerned with futuristic technology including aspects of robotics and rapid city/urban development. The motherboard towers/skyscrapers suggest the absorption, deterioation of the natural environment and saturation of the demanding technology. The buildings are a welcome addition to this assemblage. The inclusion of robotic characters in a line suggest uniformity in the future as well as growing control and demand of society/resources. The construction men compliments well with the technologically driven setting and ever present development/growth.
Three photographs were selected from my 'Blue Series' that acted not only as support but helps contribute to the meaning of the work and juxtaposes well with the 3 assemblages.
"Technological Detritus" I, II, III prevails a shock of recognition for objects and items that we all associate with in our everyday lives. Time is change and change...is everything.
Quote: "A sculpture is one kind of energy stopped in its tracks to create another." - Ricky Swallow
Technological Detritus was the winner of the Waverley College PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD in 2008. ______________________________________________ ______________________________________________
I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who assisted me with the success of my whole body of work in 2008. Special mention inparticular goes to my Year 12 Visual Arts teacher Ms Edwina Palmer who assisted with me in everything, process and all - Thank you.
Futhermore, thank you to Ms Cawthorn, Ms Thompson, Ms Kitas, the Waverley College Art Department, fellow class mates, Waverley College students and my kind friends + family. Thank you for all the support, object/item donations, cool ideas and generous assistance throughout 2008.