Collection Nina ma 2015-2017

"Look Closely"

2015, charcoal and chalk on paper, 18 x 18.5 inches

A picture of a sculpture from the renaissance period was chosen. A 3x3 grid was drawn on the paper as well as the outline of the picture for scale. Charcoal was used as the dark colours and chalk was used as the light colours. The two were blended by smudging using fingers or an eraser. The practice of chiaroscuro is used

First impressions are important, but they do not define anyone. If you were to pay attention and look at everyone closely, they’ll have a different story to tell you. And eventually, when you get to know someone personally, they may seem like the polar opposite of who you thought they were. Always look closely into things before you judge.

"Donald Trump"

2016, Clay and Under Glaze, 11 x 8.5 x 0.5 inches
process photos

"The measure of a man is what he does with power" -Plato

A person of “power” was chosen through the internet and formatted so that it is around the size of 8.5 by 11. Donald Trump was chosen for the reason that he is the president-elect of one of the most powerful countries in the world, the United States. The front, back and side view were sketched along with the plan of the sculpture so that the thickness of the sculpture can be planned accordingly. In the pottery studio, clay was kneaded and rolled through a slab roller to about 1/4 inch. The outline of the sculpture was cut and clay was scraped off with the wire-molding tool, scored, and applied on with slip and lastly blended in with the hardwood tool. The sculpture had medium relief so that it did not become too thick and explode in the kiln. Once the sculpture was completely molded, it was air dried for a few days and placed into the kiln and bisque fired. After bisque firing, under-glaze was applied for colouring and contouring then glaze was applied on top. Finally, it was fired up in the kiln for the last time.

Through clay, I was able to sculpt out one of the most hated, but powerful people in the world. Donald Trump is disliked by many for various reasons and many people strongly disagree with his beliefs. However, he had built himself an empire from little and had worked his way through to become a billionaire, and now the president of the United States. He is an inspiration and a real life example of the saying, “if you put your mind and effort into it, anything is possible”


2016, Acrylic on Canvas, 16 x 11 inches

A handful of pictures of Buddy were taken as references for the painting. The simple outlines of the dog's face, body, and colours were sketched out with a pencil, and it was filled in with plain colours to begin. After the base coat was fully finished, another layer of plain colours were applied. An experimentation with colour mixing were used to blend and contrast the body. A painting knife was used to spread the colours in the larger masses of the body.

This piece of painting is a gift to a friend of mine. The two of them have an extremely loving relationship and they are inseparable since they've met. Buddy is not like any ordinary beagle; he is always happy no matter what…as long as you give him food. When ever you say the "F" word, food, he was drops everything he is doing and pay attention to you. This piece reflects buddy’s brightening personality and how he can uplift your mood just by existing and doing absolutely nothing but eat. Even if you are scared of dogs, Buddy will be the one to help you overcome that fear. Animals show you love as long as you show them that you deserve it. Humans can learn so much more from such pure animals.

"Tokyo 電車男? (Train man?)"

2016, Paper Cutting, 8.5 x 11 inches
Original Photo Taken

The original photograph was taken in Tokyo, Japan. This picture was chosen for this project as it shows many elements and principles of designs such as line, contrast, symmetry, and perspective. The photo was processed through Adobe Photoshop and was filtered so that the positive and negative spaces of the picture was distinct. Once the processing of the photo was finished the photo was flipped. It was printed out and outlined on another piece of paper for cutting on the light table. The cutting of the paper was done with an x-acto knife.

Tokyo Train Man represents the social issue of gender inequality in Japan. There isn’t a single woman in sight of that picture. The issue I am targeting is the gender roles that are assigned in today’s society in Japan. Although women in Japan are recognized to have equal rights as men after WWII, the cultural beliefs still prevent women from working. In Japan, women are expected to be full time mothers once they have children. If a woman were to be successful in her career but suddenly is impregnated, they would be expected to leave their jobs and become full time mothers.

"Experiment #?"

2016, Wall Paint on Canvas, 40 x 30 inches

A stripe of tape was taped in the middle of the canvas and both sides were painted with purple. Then, once the tape was off, white was used and blended with the purple. The paint was applied in large quantity with a stir stick from the top while the canvas was tilted on a 45 degree angle. This process was repeated with both colours for several layers. When it dried, more paint was dripped and splashed on to the canvas using a wooden stir stick.

Everyday we’re doing things that we have never done before. With this painting I was able to experiment with colours and painting using non-traditional canvas painting tools. It is experiments like such that makes the world such an innovative place. Without experiments we will never be able to make discoveries and move forward. Experiments don’t necessarily need to have a purpose either; trials can be done for the sake of doing it. As well, this piece shows that perspective is an important aspect of our lives. This painting can be displayed in any angle and it will provide a different feeling for the audience.


2017, Acrylic on Canvas, 8.5 x 9.5 inches

A collection of photographs were taken from my backyard. The piece was painted starting from the very background, sky, to the foreground. An experimentation with bright colours and contrast, and imagination were played with through this painting. This is one of the few paintings that is done through imagination and helped with a few references.

It is amazing how the sky changes every moment of everyday. The colours of the sky and the clouds are all created by different factors and that even the most microscopic difference can make the biggest difference in how the sky can appeal to the eye. There is also beauty in change. This reflects many things in our life that we have no control over such as the things people do and really just how life is and we should take a step back and appreciate the simplicity of life.

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