A Not-So-Perfect Mirage
“As the child of immigrants, you have that sense of ‘Where are you? Where’s home?’ And trying to make a home.” - Maya Lin
Surrealism—1920s . . . Dada Movement— 20th century in Switzerland, in protest of WWI
"The Academy of Muses" - José Luis Guerín, 2015; Digital Cinema
- My piece was done using the reverse glass painting method because I wanted to symbolize how the person behind the glass yearns to be free: to be outside their window. The person in this picture seems to be expressing the same emotion as she peers out the window.
"Wave Field" - Maya Lin, 1995; Earth, Grass; Earthwork; North Campus; Courtyard, SE side of Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Building
- I believe that this piece connects to my painting because it shows how a usually flat subject-- the ground-- can be created to pop out at the viewer, almost as if it is breaking the fourth wall. My piece is about a person trying to break through their stereotypes, which seems appropriate for this Maya Lin installation.
I chose to make this piece a reverse glass painting, which gives the illusion of the hand being behind a window. Both layers of the painting were done on recycled frames from the PTA Thrift Shop. Upon almost completing this composition, the larger piece of glass dropped and shattered. This would have been devastating, however, I discovered that the cracks worked well with the overall message I aimed to convey. The shattered hand in this painting represents how a person is attempting to break free of societal stereotypes. The solid heart represents who you are on the inside, which is what really matters.
One Home: puppet making
We build the form of the head out of cardboard and shaped the facial features out of newspaper and masking tape. Two layers of paper mache were put on top of the base to provide a smooth layer for the paint. Strips of cardboard were ripped and stapled to the back of the head to give the illusion of a mane. We painted the entire head white and added tones of gray for shading. Finally, we added the stripes and eyes. Our puppet’s role in the play was to be one of the selfish animals who polluted the watering hole.
Hiroshi Sugimoto: Photographer; Uses photography to capture memories, allowing his photos to preserve the richness of emotion as if it is occurring again in the moment.
Surrealism— 1920s . . . Dada Movement— 20th century in Switzerland, in protest of WWI
"Catherine Parr" - Hiroshi Sugimoto, 1999; Photography; Deutsche Guggenheim
- The woman in this portrait looks very peaceful and innocent. This is much like how I want the girl-- Annie-- in my painting to be portrayed as. Sugimoto does a good job of making the subject's expression very minimalistic, which still letting the viewer feel something.
"The Brown Sisters, Wellfleet. Massachusetts" - Nicholas Nixon, 2015; Gelatin Silver Print; Wellfleet, MA
- The women in this image look very serene and calm, much like the girl in my painting. Their expressions are subtle, yet strong enough for the viewer to feel their emotion, even though they may not know what exact emotion.
This painting was based off a sketch drawing I did of one of my friends. Her expression was very peaceful and innocent. I surrounded her head in light yellow tones to give a warm effect. I brought warm and cool tones into the face to simulate depth.
"Spider Web" - Vija Celmins, 2009; Screenprint; "I'm the kind of person who works on something forever and then works on the same image again the next day."
- We are all caught in the spider web of our own ways. It is sometimes hard to distinguish what we are doing that is truly what we want and what is not as genuine.
"Marsyas" - Balthasar Permoser, ca. 1680–85; Marble on a black marble socle inlaid with light marble panels; The Met Fifth Avenue; "Marsyas screams in the midst of his torture"
- This sculpture conveys the feeling of being trapped in a point in time that is very undesirable. For Marsyas the satyr, he is actually being tortured, but I see it as the modern unhappiness humans have with their everyday superficial lives. They are trapped behind a mask.