Rose's Art Blog Honors Art IV

Who am I?

My name is Rose, and I'm a student in Honors Art IV this year. I am a current senior in high school and am in the process getting ready to attend NC State. Once at NC State, I will be studying microbiology and possibly pursuing a career in medicine. Some of my hobbies, other than art of course, include reading, cooking, and traveling.

I began creating art when I was little, but since then my artwork has grown to incorporate multiple mediums and has evolved into what I create now.

2017 Senior Show

The presentation of my senior show at my high school. For this body of work, I chose to present a theme of emotion, both how it is expressed and how it is hidden. I wanted to focus on emotion, because it has been an integral part of my work in the past, but usually as a secondary layer of my work and not the main focus.

Recent Works:

Mirror, Mirror and Re-Emerge (May 2017)

I began by painting the frame with left over colors from a previous project. Then I created a flower out of tissue paper and added glass sheets from old picture frames to the corners of the frame. Next I began to build up the structure of the frame by adding shells and dried flowers along with other pieces of old jeans that I used to make canvases.
I made Re-Emerge by casting my face. The first image is of me when my face was covered in the plaster I used to create the mold. Once the mold was created and had dried for several days, I pressed clay into it to create an image of my face. I let the clay dry for several more days before removing it from the mask and smoothing it out. Once the face had completely dried, it was fired and I painted it first with a black under glaze. Then, I whipped away most of the glaze and applied a wax resist to the areas I wanted to retain just the black and added another final layer of blue patterned glaze.

The Final Pieces:

Mirror, Mirror from the front, Re-Emerge from above and then from the side

Mirror Mirror Reflection

My prompt for this piece was to create an abstraction of part of a whole from one of my previous pieces. I chose to use the frame from in front of my piece, Stay Calm. The frame resembles the same frame I used in this piece. I tried to transform the frame by making it bright and covered in bright colors, flowers and shells that are associated with positive emotions, instead of the negative emotions represented on the other frame I used.

Mirror, Mirror Theme

My prompt for this piece was to create a piece that was an abstraction of something I had already created. I chose to create an abstract version of a frame I had used to create other projects. The piece relates to my prompt of emotion, because I wanted to transform the feeling of sad emotions as they are instead of being overwhelming, are transformed into only a small part of a the whole mind. Instead of being the focal of my piece they are represented in only the nails I added in the frame. Even the saddest feelings of loss and death, represented in the dried flowers can still be outweighed by the beauty in the rest of the world.

mirror, Mirror connections to History

"Untitled" by Willem de Kooning 1975, Oil Paint on Newspaper on Canvas, Housed at Waterhouse and Dodd

I was inspired by the abstract expressionist art movement of the 1940s and1950s. This art movement focused on a more abstract take of expressionism that was influenced by surrealism movements. I was inspired by this movement because of one of its focuses on emotion. I wanted to convey emotion in an abstract manner in my own work, though most of my pieces were not abstract. Several main abstract expressionists include Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning and Barnett Newman.

"Untitled XII" by Willem de Kooning 1986 Oil on Canvas, Housed in Mnuchin Gallery in NY

Mirror, Mirror Artist Inspiration

"Home is the hangman" by Matthew Ritchie 2014 Oil and Ink on Canvas Housed in the Andrea Rosen Gallery

I was partially inspired by the works of Matthew Ritchie in the creation of this piece. I love how he uses a balance of color to establish a mood in each of his pieces. His work is very abstract, but each piece still comes together and appears a whole image that flows. I want to try to convey this flow throughout my piece, since I don't usually create abstract art, and I prefer to create work with a deep personal meaning.

"Augur" by Matthew Ritchie 2008 Anodized Bronze and Vinyl Decal Housed in the Andrea Rosen Gallery

Re-Emerge Reflection

I made Re-Emerge by accident. It was originally going to be part of my earlier piece, "Reflection in Pieces" rather than its own piece. However, then I decided that I preferred it to be a separate piece rather than part of another piece. I had never cast my face before, and the experience was really cool. I was excited to learn a new process, and am thrilled with the final piece.

Re-Emerge Theme

Re-Emerge relates to my theme of emotion, specifically the emergence of hidden emotion. While the surrounding surface of the mask is a beautiful and clean, the actual surface is rough and raw. The actual face showcases the true emotion, as it resurfaces from the dark blue surroundings that resemble water. The mask creates the image that the true person is resurfacing from the hidden depths that hide her true emotions. 

Re-Emerge Connections to History

"The Forest of Coubron" by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Oil on Canvas Housed in the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.

The piece "Re-Emerge" was inspired by the realism art movement. I was inspired by this movement in the creation of my face, so that it looked as accurate as possible. However, instead of creating an identical sculpture, I added a wax resist to create the image of the face emerging from the darker blue background. Realism traditionally tries to recreate reality as it appears naturally and as accurately as possible. It began in France in 1840s and several famous realists include Gustave Courbet, Edgar Degas, and Thomas Eakins. However, realism is much older as it can be seen in Greek art during the Hellenistic period.

"A View near Volterra" by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot 1838 Oil on Canvas, Housed in the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.

Re-Emerge Artist Inspiration

"In Mortal Repose" by Diana Al-Hadid 2011, Bronze and Concrete

When creating "Re-Emerge" I was also inspired by the works of Diana Al-Hadid. Her sculptures offer a mix of realistic and surreal imagery that I wanted to capture in my piece. The top piece, "In Mortal Repose" reflects the feeling of motion and melting away that I want to convey in my piece as the blue glaze drips off of the exposed clay.

"Antonym" by Diana Al-Hadid 2012, Steel, Gypsum, Fiberglass, Wood, Foam, and Paint housed at the Marianne Boesky Gallery

Trapped (April 2017)

I began to create "Trapped" with the idea that it would resemble a cage full of chaotic emotion with a figure in the center overwhelmed by this rush of emotion. However, after I began to try to piece the project together, it became obvious to me that I could do something completely different that would still convey the meaning I had in mind. I created poems from words or phrases I found in magazines using one side of the glass for negative or sad poems and the other side for peaceful or happy poems. Next I painted an image of a hand with an orchid growing from it on the reverse side of a canvas I made and sketched out an image of a hand holding burning flowers on the other side. Lastly, I put all the pieces together into a box with a cardboard base.

The Final Piece:

The final piece showcases the blue sides of the glass plates and the flower growing out of the person's hand on the outside of the box. The flaming sides of the glass sheets and hand holding the burning flowers are on the interior of the box. They are visible from above and through the frame that is only blocked by a few strands of wire across it.

Poems on the Outside of the Glass

  • The power of beautiful
  • I stare at mountains
  • How to make it?
  • Hold great hope.
  • Stand up.
  • Keep climbing.
  • steady, controlled, in harmony
  • Some journeys cannot be put into words.
  1. Heroes? Look to your friends, family and community- then turn towards the mirror.
  • the deeper we dive, the more remarkable we become and in the end, one truth that rises to the top is our tomorrows belong only to this day. the lesson we learn is to passionately express our daily moments with grace and gratitude.
  • Miracle
  • roll up your sleeves and take action.
  1. philosophy:
  2. Serene
  3. the secret to life-
  4. Life will grant insight.
  • If you imagine a big tree, it began from a little tiny seed.
  • I imagine to
  • express perfection, completion, infinity, wholeness.
  • Humility defeats pride. Pride defeats man.
  1. When seeking out the new
  2. around or over obstacles
  3. Hold on.
  4. TO LIFE
  5. What will your story be?

Poems on the Inside of the Glass

  1. How
  2. Little is being done
  3. "Everything rots, everything dies."
  4. My optimism is made of a myriad of pessimism
  5. Storm clouds, my past
  6. litter of history, regret
  7. a moment of panic. little details
  8. is gone now.
  • I see a heart waiting to be broken
  • Suffering
  • In the heart
  • Vanished day
  • Just a memory
  • What has been done?
  1. Seeking silence
  2. Corruption is a pandemic problem
  3. I was told as a child
  4. to get lost
  5. intermittently spray over the rocks
  6. was an accident
  7. will be more disappointed
  8. never showed up.
  • You have to realize,
  • The invisible
  • "Nothing here grows"
  • desert as hopeless as the Sahara itself
  • "Only when it was gone did we realize what was lost."
  • Happy now?
  1. Without
  2. another's burden
  3. real world
  4. won't last forever
  • What matters
  • 800 problems
  • "Heartbreaking"
  • Feel tired
  • I am like a blind man feeling his way.
  • The rules have changed.
  • But I can't fix this.
  1. It was raining a hard gray rain
  2. The sixth mass extinction
  3. cloaked in mist
  4. "They see people as objects."
I was inspired by images of yellow orchids such as these to create the image of the hand with an orchid growing from it.

Reflection on Piece

I enjoyed creating this piece and am happy for the most part about how it turned out. My goal with the piece was to express the internal and external emotions of a person. The words and images on the outside of the sculpture express a sense of calm composure. They convey that a beautiful flower is growing , one that can withstand adversity and continues to grow and prosper in the darkness. However, the interior reveals the true emotion, one of chaos and confusion. Instead of allowing the peaceful flower grow, the hand is clutching several burning flowers. This represents the internal fire and fear that often resides inside, behind the carefully composed exterior.

The burning flowers the hand is holding on the inside of the piece are supposed to resemble roses as they burn, since roses are often associated with love or passion that is now burning away and being replaced by darker emotions.

Historical Inspirations and Connections

"Winter Landscape I, Kochel, Bavaria" by Wassily Kandinsky 1909, Oil on Cardboard housed in the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg

I utilized an expressionistic style for this work. I was inspired by the works of several expressionist artists, especially Wassily Kandinsky. I wanted to mirror the texture of expressionists in my work particularly in the canvases. The textures they add to their paintings greatly improve the depth and breadth of the image and add a layer of interest for the eye that I have always wanted to add into my works.

"The Blue Rider" by Wassily Kandinsky 1903 Oil on Canvas, housed in Stiftung Sammlung E.G. Bührle in Zurich

Artist Inspirations

"Song of Many Songs" by Fred Wilson 2015 blown glass, housed at the Pace Gallery

I was also inspired by the works of Fred Wilson. I enjoy his style using unorthodox materials, such as black Murano glass that are not normally used in artwork. I wanted to incorporate this into my piece, as I used the glass from picture frames in my work instead of using the full picture frame. I wanted to transform the idea of what can be painted on by stretching my own canvas and painting on both sides of it, rather than the traditional style in which only one side is painted on. His work also leaves many interpretations open for the viewer, and I want to convey this feeling in this piece, along with several of my other pieces including, "Reflection in Pieces" and "Stay Calm." The exterior of the piece is peaceful and balanced, but the interior reveals a much more dangerous flaming interior.

"I Saw Othello's Visage in his Mind" by Fred Wilson 2013 Murano Glass and Wood, housed at the SculptureCenter in Long Island

Boxed Emotions (March 2017)

This project began with an empty box divided into fourteen sections. It had a red background throughout the entire box and some old hot glue stained to it. I decided to transform it into something more. Once again my theme was emotion, so I decided to try and reflect fourteen different emotions in the piece using objects and art commonly found around the art room and my house.

The Final Piece:

Inspiration and Connections to History

"Lumiere (Light)" by Odilon Redon 1893, Lithography Housed in the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.

The art movement behind this piece is symbolism. Symbolism uses symbols to represent concepts and ideas instead of direct imagery that is used in impressionism. Several artists of the symbolic movement include Odilon Redon and Gustave Moreau. Instead of literally representing the emotions with words, I chose to represent them with images or models of each emotion. For example, my block representing fear, I chose to represent the feeling of fear by creating a dark box covered in eyes, reflecting the common childhood theme of the fear of the dark, a feeling of paranoia and the feeling of dread common in horror movies when the main character opens an ancient door.

"Pegasus and the Hydra" by Odilon Redon, after 1900, but exact year unknown, Oil on Cardboard, housed in the National Gallery of Art in London

Artist Inspirations

Ibeji (Twins) Riding a Butterfly by Yinka Shonibare MBE 2015 Fiberglass mannequins, Dutch wax printed cotton textile, plastic, fur and globes housed in the Stephen Friedman Gallery

I was inspired by the artist, Yinka Shonibare, in the making of this project. He works in a myriad of mediums, but most incorporate an element of 3-D art. I love the sense of balance he creates in his sculptures and hope to convey it into my own work. His work conveys a common appearance that flows from one piece to another, and I tried to do that through my works this semester by using wire in many of my pieces this semester.

Fetish Painting with Nails I by Yinka Shonibare MBE 2012 Dutch wax fabric, steel and aluminum nails, MDF, acrylic paint

Reflection

I enjoyed creating this piece. When I started with the box, I had no idea where to go with it. However, as I started to sketch out ideas, the idea to create a physical representation of emotions came to mind. I wanted to incorporate the use of screws and nails into the piece, because I had seen it used in the past, but had never tried it. I had a lot of old nails and random stuff lying around my house, so I decided to put it to use. I'll admit that I began with the negative emotions, such as fear and hatred, since they were easier to create than the happier emotions.

The emotions represented are loneliness, hatred, fear, sadness, happiness, love, peace, anger, guilt, confusion, joy, peace, stress and the feeling of being surrounded by those you love.

Loneliness
Hatred
Fear
Sadness
Happiness
Love
Peace
Anger
Guilt
Confusion
Joy and Hope
Hope
Stress and Anxiety
Family

STAY calm (Feb. 2017)

I began planning this project in my sketchbook, before I sketched the image onto the canvas and began to paint it. Once I began painting, I created the background first, then the girl's skin and lastly her hair. While I painted the canvas, I also painted the canvas black and added a little paint on glitter. After both pieces were painted, I created three butterflies from wire and painted five sheets of plastic wrap with abstract acrylic paint patterns. I used the sheets of plastic wrap to create the butterfly's wings and then hung them down in front of the painting from a wire ceiling.

The Final Piece:

The final piece from the front and then the side.

Historical Connections and Inspirations

"The Scream" by Edvard Munch 1910 Oil, tempera, and pastel on cardboard

I was inspired in part by the expressionist art movement and the works of Edvard Munch. The expressionist art movement reached its peak in Germany, France, Austria and Russia in the years before World War I. Expressionist artwork is marked by chaotic lines, rapid brush marks, and sharp colors. Prominent expressionist artists include Edvard Munch and Vincent van Gogh.

"The Dance of Life" by Edvard Munch Oil on Canvas 1899 http://www.edvardmunch.org/images/paintings/the-dance-of-life.jpg

Artist Inspiration

"There's No Reason a Good Man is Hard to Find III" by Richard Tuttle 1988 Chicken Wire, Wood, Plaster, Fabric, Spray Paint, and Plastic Bucket Housed by Sperone Westwater in NY

I was inspired by the works of Richard Tuttle in this piece. His works bend the use of different mediums, transforming them from what is expected. His works when viewed very quickly seem a little chaotic, but then once the eye adjusts, there is a definite movement through the work. This balance is something I want to reflect in this piece, especially with the butterflies. I don't want them to be unbalanced in either size or number.

"Village V No I 1" by Richard Tuttle Graphite, Acrylic, Paper, Wood and Glass housed with Sperone Westwater in NY

planning

I plan to make what I am going to call a 3-D painting. The canvas will serve as the background and will be painted with an image of a girl surrounded by chaos. I will paint a picture frame to place in front of the canvas and connect the two pieces with dowels. The dowels on top will form a sort of roof above the painting from which I will hang butterflies with images on their wings representing different emotions and topics. The butterflies will hang at different heights around the girl's face.

Theme

My theme for this piece is emotion, particularly the emotion of hope. The girl in the painting stands in a harsh red atmosphere of hatred, but is still able to take a second, close her eyes and feel the hope around her as it is represented in the butterflies flying around her.

Reflection on Piece

I really enjoyed making this piece. I don't usually work in sculpture, and I prefer to work in acrylic paint, but in this piece I combined the two into one work. I began with only a couple of sketches and ideas, but parts of the project were more spontaneous. For instance, when I started, I was not sure how the butterflies' wings would be constructed. I thought it over for a while and decided I would try painting on plastic wrap then spreading it over the wings. It worked very well, but I wish I had added more layers of paint on the plastic wrap before I added it to the wings. Overall, I think the project was a great success.

Reflection in Pieces (Feb. 2017)

My new project is currently in process. The first photo in the grid above is my planning for the project. Next I cut out puzzle pieces to add to the board and created a collage on the board. I built my sculpture off of the board out of several different types of wire. I cast my face, originally planning to use it as the face on my wire skull. I used the cast to make the mask the hands held and used the cast separately. However, I eventually decided to make the mask a separate piece rather than add it as a part of this piece.
The final image as seen from the front.
Another final image, this one focusing on the side of the mask and its placement in the hands.
A broader final image showing the head in reference to the hands and mask.

Historical Connections and Inspirations

Paul Laurence Dunbar

My work is partially inspired by a poem by Paul Laurence Dunbar titled "We Wear the Mask." This poem describes the agonies of someone who has worn a mask, their face, that hides their true emotions behind those society mandates they must show.

I read this poem in my English class and realized it perfectly described what I was trying to convey in my piece.

Artist Inspirations

Set of 5 Polychrome Heads by William Kentridge 2014, five Bronzes with oil paints on a wood and steel stand, housed with Lia Rumma

I was in part inspired by the works of William Kentridge when I made this piece. I really enjoy how he uses words to create an image and how he transforms the usual into the unusual. His pieces transforming skulls into other figures helped me determine how to orient the skull of my piece to properly display its dimension and shape.

Pavlov's Patient (Malva Pudding) by William Kentridge 2017 Indian Ink, Torn Paper, Digital Print and Red Pencil on Paper, Housed on the Marian Goodman Gallery

Reflection

I enjoyed making this piece. The entire piece conveys a sense of complexity and balance that I don't think is evident in some of my other works. I also think my process reflects the constantly changing nature of my work. When I originally planned to make this piece I was going to use a cast of my face on the wire skull, but after I cast my face and fired it, I decided it was a wonderful piece by itself instead of when attached to the skull.

Theme

My theme for this piece was emotion, and my prompt was direct observation. I wanted to convey the hidden emotions as described in Dunbar's "We Wear the Mask," which embodies the hidden emotions we hide behind our peaceful expressions and boil around inside us. I wanted to convey this rise of calm emotions from a sea of confusion by creating a chaotic base on the wood. Then I built up the hands and skull so that the emerged from the chaos. The face is elegant and I used an array of light delicate colors to emphasize the peacefulness and relaxation that is shown to everyone around us. However the back of the face is black with a face made from aluminum sheets. It is harsh and hidden behind the mask so that no one can see it, as the emotions we hide are often the emotions we struggle with the most are often our deepest darkest, such as fear, sadness, loneliness and doubt.

Seas of Stress (Dec. 2016)

One of my most recent pieces is titled "Seas of Stress." It focuses on the impact of various stressors in my life, and how I feel like I'm drowning when the stress is out of control. The painting is painted using acrylic paint.

The process: I began by stretching the canvas and painting on layers of gesso. Then I built the background using several shades of blue. After the background was done, I added the structure and layout of the girl's face. Once her face was complete I added the brown of her hair and then built up the ocean. The last portion of the process was adding the girl, shark and details of the face.

The theme of this painting is secrets and identity. The shark is a symbol of mystery and represents the hidden side of stress that is lurking in the shadow waiting for the girl to drown in her stress.

Historical Connections and Inspirations

"Avatar" by Dorothea Tanning 1947 Oil on Canvas Source: http://www.dorotheatanning.org/life-and-work/view/604/

This piece is inspired by a variety of historical artists and styles. The art style I am incorporating into this work is surrealism. Surrealism focuses on dreamlike images with elements of the real and fantasy. I want to incorporate this element as the hair in my painting transforms from hair to the ocean and the shark emerges from the ocean.

"Arizona Landscape" by Dorothea Tanning 1943 Oil on Canvas Source: http://www.dorotheatanning.org/life-and-work/view/614

Artist Inspirations

Hyacinth by Elliot Hundley 2006 Source: http://www.saatchigallery.com/artists/artpages/elliot_hundley_hyacinth.htm

My piece is also inspired by Elliot Hundley, an artist from Greensboro, NC. His artwork is made from cut up magazines, string, plastic, gold leaf and pieces left over from former projects. I really like how he incorporates many elements of art into one cohesive piece, and how he forms a single image from all the pieces of artwork.

Elliot Hundley at work. Source: http://www.art21.org/artists/elliott-hundley

For more information about Elliot Hundley's works visit: http://www.art21.org/artists/elliott-hundley

Ibis Puppet (Nov. 2016)

Our art class collaborated with Donovan Zimmerman from Paperhand Puppets to create giant puppets for use in a show last November. All the puppets were made from cardboard, newspaper, fabric and wood. Once we made the structure of the puppets we painted them and assembled them into a whole piece. I helped create the ibis for the show. The ibis is responsible for telling Little Lion the story of the fight to end segregation in the United States and the fight to end Apartheid in South Africa.

The process of constructing the ibis for use in the show at my school.
We based our ibis off of the African Ibis.

We worked on the ibis as a team of three people. We began by creating the structure of the head and neck of the ibis from cardboard and then used newspaper to add detail. After we added the newspaper, we covered the entire structure with paper mache and painted the entire head. Once the paint had dried, we added a pole to the head, so that the actors could carry it.

Another image of the African Ibis.
An ibis' wings are mostly white with a black border and red sections near the shoulder.

Once the head was complete, we added the wings and body of the ibis. The ibis body was made from sheets that were cut to form feathers and felt. The wings began as just the sheets, and we worked as a team to add detail to the wings and keep them from getting tangled. Once the white part of the wings was completed, we cut out black feathers for the bottom of the wings and red sections for the tops of each wing. We braided strips of patterned fabric to add a splash of color to each wing. Once these sections were added to the wings, it was complete.

The African Ibis can be found from South Africa to Sudan, and formerly in Egypt where it is now extinct. It usually lives not far from water and eats a variety of worms, insects and other small animals.
The ibis once it was completed.

Our show raised money for United Way in Chatham County and the LIV Village in South Africa. LIV provides housing for orphaned and vulnerable children in South Africa. It was performed several times over a weekend in November 2016. We got to Face-time with the children after we performed the show. It was really cool to see the people we helped and made me very proud to be a part of this program.

Seconds of Serenity (Oct. 2016)

It's a beautiful day sky falls, you feel like it's a beautiful day, don't let it get away. You're on the road but you've got no destination. You're in the mud, in the maze of her imagination. -U2
I painted "Seconds of Serenity" based on the song "Beautiful Day" by U2 for the Scholastic Art Showcase competition.

When I first heard the song, I thought that it felt both sad and hopeful, and I wanted to incorporate this feeling into my painting. The girl and her mom are going through a rough time when the girl reminds her mom that anyone can find beauty and hope even in the darkest of times and places.

Touch me, take me to that other place. Teach me, I know I'm not a hopeless case.- U2

Tree of Knowledge (Oct. 2016)

The process: I began Tree of Knowledge on a piece of illustration board. Next I cut out pieces of poetry and plastered them on the board. I sprayed on watercolor onto this layer and then poured salt over the layer of watercolor. To prevent painting over the owl's face, I covered it up with another piece of paper. Once I scraped off all of the salt, I painted a layer of gesso on the watercolor to make it easier to paint on with acrylic paint. I added the owl's face first with acrylic paint and then added the footprints with pen and ink. Next, I added the eyes of the owl using watercolor, and ink. After the owl and footprints were done I added the tree and snake. I designed the snake's scales with fabric paint to add a raised bumpy texture. Once I had completed the snake, footprints and tree, I highlighted some of the words with red watercolor and went over the words with ink. I added extra layers of gesso around the words. I also added pieces of old artwork cut into puzzle pieces to symbolize.

Next, I highlighted the words that I felt were the most powerful and meaningful to me with red watercolor. However, I felt that they were still too hard to read, so I drew over each letter with pen and ink.

The words from Tree of Knowledge Read:

We are the living and the living must love the world it is our duty to fill our hearts
Bones why do I even try a constant ache are my dirty hands
My heart will break one night and with no words you will find me gone come morning
Quiet as paper cuts people steal me away blot out the night and invent new stars Having mutilated and freed myself from the very wings which for so long held me aloft NO ANSWERS WILL BE GIVEN, the executioner's song, but do not be sad, nothing is lost.
No one is hear. I walk the beaches alone. So small, no one should feel this alone.
An image of the final piece while it was on display.

artist Inspiration

"Insurrection (Our tools were Rudimentary Yet We pressed on)" by Kara Walker 2000 On display in the Guggenheim Paper Silhouettes and projections Source: https://www.guggenheim.org/artwork/9367

I was inspired by Kara Walker's work to create this piece. I wanted to incorporate the stark contrasts she uses in her work into my own. I feel like a lot of my work lacks good contrast and one of my goals for this piece was to improve the contrast between the owl, tree and snake when compared to the blue background.

"Slavery! Slavery!" by Kara Walker 1997 Exhibited in the Whitney Museum of American Art Paper Silhouettes and Light projections Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/12/arts/design/12walk.html

For more information about Kara Walker, please visit: http://www.art21.org/artists/kara-walker

Historical Connections and Inspirations

Perhaps the most famous surrealist work, "The Persistence of Memory," was painted by Salvador Dalí using oil paints in 1931 and currently resides in the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Source: https://www.wikiart.org/en/salvador-dali/the-persistence-of-memory-1931

I was inspired in part by the surrealist style and art movement. This movement was largest during the 1920s and into the 30s and 40s. Some famous artists of the surrealist movement include Salvador Dali, Rene Magritte and Pablo Picasso. I incorporated the surrealist style into my tree that transforms into a snake and in the snake's eyes. The snake, although a snake has the eyes of a human, as does the owl. These human style eyes represent how all living things are connected and how, although we consider ourselves better off than animals, we are all a part of this planet and the interconnection of all species.

"The False Mirror" by Rene Magritte 1928 Oil on Canvas Currently on display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City Source: http://www.renemagritte.org/the-false-mirror.jsp

Thoughts from Honors Art III

My experiences from Art III definitely helped me develop my art.I began to explore mixed media, a medium I don't work in very much. I challenged myself in my painting when I tried to do a face, a first for me.

Older Works

Where is my childhood?

My painting is showing how society seems to take away from everyone’s childhood and can force people to do things they don’t want to, I used a surrealistic style combined with my theme of transformation. I tried to make the painting darker where the blonde girl is being pulled away from the mountain. The flowers go from growing and flourishing to dying and shriveling up. I used brighter colors on the right side of my painting to show how happy she had been and how happy the world seemed. As your eye moves left to the other girl, the colors get darker and the flowers begin to die. I used more blues and greys in this part of the painting to show the sadness.

The painting was done in acrylic paint.

Great Travelers

The first image is an image of my design that I created and then carved into my linoleum block. The second image is one of my test prints that I made to test how well the block was carved and how well the image would show up.
One of my final prints.
This is one of my creative prints. I used watercolors to create the colored background and then printed the image on top of it.
This is my second creative print. This print was made by layering three colors, yellow green and blue together on the rollers and then rolling the block.
The touch point for this print was my experiences with my family. We travel a lot and I wanted to reflect this in my print and the loss of my grandpa several years ago.

Photography

I haven't done a lot of photography recently, but these are some of the photos I've taken in the past. Most of the top set focuses on nature, while the bottom sets focus on trips I have taken in the past few years.

Top Left: Roses along a porch Top Right: Chickens underneath a picnic table Middle Column (top to bottom): A butterfly visiting a flower, A thistle in the yard, Natural ice sculptures, Bottom Left: A pansy at the edge of the woods Bottom Right: Cloudy sunrise on the beach
These pictures were taken on a trip I took to Italy. The first two photos are from the inside of the Colosseum. The third picture is from the streets in Rome. The bottom three pictures are from Venice.
I took these pictures when snorkeling in Belize. The turtle was right next to us while we snorkeled and I couldn't resist taking pictures. My underwater camera isn't the best, but it still captured the turtle very well. I believe the turtle is a green sea turtle.

Thanks for Reading!

-Rose

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