Inspired by the observation of Sally Mann, stories of William Kentridge and color of Maya Erdelyi, students in Advanced Portfolio where asked to explore the world around them using the lens of 'zoom in/zoom out.' They were asked to consider the physical and metaphysical, real and imagined and then to edit with layers, opacity, subtraction and finally, the addition of another media. Some students created videos, others used sound, all were encouraged to suspend disbelief and to play.
Gallery of My Inspiration
I dream about the photos that hang in my house
“Red Wine and Chairs” my favorite
The women who wade in the indigo waves that smell like summer and sand between your toes, with that vintage looking square frame that sits above the leather chairs in my parents room.
A figure in a dark wooden frame I stare at the brush strokes before a nap on a saturday afternoon
The girl in the char who hunches over with her head in her hands and my mind wanders pondering why she looks so sad.
I wanted to make a mini series that reflects how my surroundings, and specifically what's in my home inspires me in my own artwork. I used watercolor as my primary medium because it is the most freeing medium I use and it allows the paints to wander and not hold a specific form. Inspired by Sally Mann, I thought watercolor would make the pieces intuitive and reflect my style most accurately. I also included the digital collages I made of my nature photographs inside the frames from artwork in my house. The work is displayed as a mini installation, similar to an array of artwork that is hung on a wall in my house. I drew inspiration from Maya Erdelyi as well who has a strong use of color, and uses it as a device to add emotion and make the pieces stand out. The video component of this work is intended to feel like you are looking at the pieces on a wall in a house or in a gallery, trying to take everything in. I chose to use the song Moon Song by Phoebe Bridgers because it is one of my favorites to listen to while I paint and it gives off a very serene and reflective vibe which accentuates the overall tone of the piece. -Virginia Morford
My work is a collection of photos I took on a walk-in Noe Valley. One photo is a landscape view of diamond street and the beautiful sky above it. I have a drawn-out picture of the image so I would like to use photoshop to merge my drawing and the image together. Secondly, I took a picture of a singular purple flower, and I want to play around with its color and size. I created a collage of many different colored images of the same flower. I have three separate pieces that I put into a video with classical music playing in the background. -Sarah Startz