23/07/18 Start of the project
Last week we did project brief of the final major project, and we were learning about how to start a new project with different angles of thoughts. I was thinking about gaining experience and inspiration from the project I did previously and my own daily life.
I was thinking about possible theme for this project. The first concept I come up with is about the communication and distance between people. This comes from my own experience of knowing new friends in the foreign country. When I try to get closer to someone, I consider a lot including the way I talk, the things I should show to pull the distance shorter, and the things I should keep it as a secret to myself. If he/she get the same feeling of getting closer to become friends, these will also be the thing they need to consider about. The whole process is like two people walking around in the mist and trying to find another people's location. I think this might be a suitable theme for the FMP after more thinking process is made.
The second theme is about getting into an unfamiliar place/country and get a uncanny feeling in it. I use my own feelings after coming to UK for study as the starting point. I want to discuss about how to put myself into a place in this new country. I'm very interested in this strange feeling of being familiar and unfamiliar to the streets at the same time. I want to show the kind of influences that happened to me in this process, and show my attitude of growing my strength in a unfamiliar place.
I decided to pick the second theme in my previous reflection in this project, as I think I can gain more ideas from my own experience, and the creative process can move on easier. Because the theme uses a lot of element from my personal emotion and interest, I should be able to look at it in more different angles, from general audiences' and mine.
I was thinking about the exact thing I should start to research on. I asked myself several question. What is the most obvious difference of life between here and Hong Kong, my hometown, for me? What is the thing I have to go over again and again everyday, that I may kind of get used to but still feel somehow unfamiliar? The answer I gave out was food, language, street view and weather. According to my discipline of fine art and my interest in 3D-making, I picked the language (communication?) and street view as two possible direction of my project. To go further and see which one is better, I plan to do some research about both of them first.
At the same time, I think the theme gets connections to my hometown memories, so the things connected to my home town should also be a direction of research. The first thing I can think of is the civic flower of Hong Kong. I should do research first and see what I can do with it.
I found it efficient to explore the concept by asking questions and list out answers of it for me, it might be a suitable way of studying fine art, and I shall use it in my future study more often.
27/07/18 Weekend coming
This week is a week for research and inspiration. In this week, I went to the school library twice and found several books about communication and installation art. I found it hard to read a large amount of text as a foreign student, which means I need to spend more time on doing these text research. After I read a book about philosophy inside communication, I found that I know little about this area and it will take too much time for me to get familiar with it, and waste some time I prepared for other research. I haven't found a way to solve this problem yet, but still I have to continue it. I decide to do other research first and leave it for later.
31/07/18 Proposal tutotial 1
Tutor didn't make big changes to my proposal sheet in the proposal tutorial. The only part I need to change is the last section, which I didn't wrote in a way specific enough. I add more details about what I should start to do as the first action in this section, such as make sketches with my memory of the house I lived in when I was young. I think this will be enough for submission as I have written nearly 600 words already.
Also, tutor gave me some advice on research direction. He gave me a word "Psychogeography", which means a sense or feeling that a place can give to the audience. Affecting people's emotion with the visual effect created by arrange of space is a interesting thing which strongly connected with my theme, so I decided to look into it as a part of my research. Several artist and creators' names are given too as a start point such as Georgeo Perec and Rebecca Solnit.
In conclusion, the proposal needs a few corrections and more bibliography to support it, after that I should start my first doing action. Through the first doing action, I might find other points that interest me on this direction to get more keywords for research. Two things need to be done together.
03/08/18 Reflective Journal
In the tutorial of proposal, tutor suggested me that I can start from finding examples in London which reminds me of hometown and makes me feel belonged. At first I go to a Chinese food restaurant which offers takeaways to Chinese Students lived in the neighborhood, food is a very direct way of reminding me about China, which might become a element used in my project. I took several photos of the interior of the restaurant and save them for possible reference.
After this primary research, I was thinking about moving on in this direction deeper, so I planed a visit to China town in Leicester Square. It's a area which include a large amount of Chinese style restaurant and other facilities such as bank, a lot of Chinese live in there so Chinese language is available for communication there. I think it is the most similar place to city in China, still, it is surrounded by British style buildings. A place looked familiar inside a city that is not familiar, this is the main thing I want to find in this visit.
I was talking about my project with tutor today, and I gained useful advices as it was written above. I really should have read things from Freud in the previous week as his research got huge connections with my project, but I didn't because of the huge amount of the text would spend me too much time. Tutor still suggest me reading the essays about it, and I think I should follow this suggestion.
There's also suggestions for research such as going to the Kew garden for plants in local as I want to make comparison with Hong Kong orchid and flowers here. I think it's a good idea, but I might need half a day or even a whole day in it to make drawings, so I decide to plan it into the weekends. At the same time, I should look into more artist who make works about their hometown or memories to get reference as my project is strongly connected with these feelings, and I haven't got much in my research yet.
08/08/18 Petals of watercolor
After yesterday's experiment, I started to think of ways to create petal patterns on 3D materials. Watercolor was the first thing that came into my mind because it's easy to create gradual change effect with it, which matches my requirement for the visual effect I want in this experiment. I want to create patterns with different density of paint and thickness of line, which is abstracted from the pattern of Hong Kong orchid flowers.
Although I used watercolor to paint, I didn't choose to use watercolor paper as they are too hard for reshaping. I was thinking of creating petal shape with soft paper, so I chose this recycling paper as the first material I tried with. This is the effect I got.
I am satisfied with the shape and color changes of the lines as they really makes me think of patterns from petal, and it gives out another feeling of veins with blood running inside. I like this double-meaning visual effect which can help me express my emotion towards my hometown: The feelings from that place I belonged to have become a part of me, and will always be with me like blood running in veins.
However, the texture of paper really breaks the atmosphere a bit. I was expecting the visual effect being more transparent and light like petals and unclear memories, but the recycling paper looks rough and dull. I should change the material next time in the following experiment. I was thinking of using sulphuric paper which is semi-transparent, but I didn't know the place I can get it.
Things to do:
-Research on different paper material, find a suitable one for watercolor drawing.
-Develop the shape of 3D models of flower, more accurate and delicate
-Start to draw sketches for houses and maps with memories from hometown (no photos)
10/08/18 Outcome Draft
Today we were doing the one-day project of creating a outcome from the experiment we have done in previous days. I decided to combine my sketches of houses and map and the petal pattern prints to make this draft. They were both 2D experiment before, but I decided to try to make them into 3D sculpture as the first rough outcome.
With the sketches of maps and houses's position in my memory, I created a model of 3D-map with the wood blocks first in the workshop. I could have used paper to make models, but it would be too fragile, this is the reason why I gave up this idea and turned to wood. The main material came from the scrap pieces and I bound them together to create larger rectangles. I used glue gun but not wood glue because I considered that it's a hurried one-day project and I have to make models quickly. I should use wood glue in the real outcome because it will be much stronger and stabler for improvement.
After Making, I found that there were cracks on the surface of the model as the work was from scrap pieces of wood, and the visual effect wasn't good with that. I think of my concept of trying to create uncanny feelings of feeling familiar and unfamiliar at the same time needs space for audience to fill in their experience when they are looking at my work. In this case, pure white "blank" surface is more suitable with my concept. The work is quite connected to people's feeling so I think I need to leave spaces for there imagination, White with no characteristic will be the right choice comparing to other colors.
I'm thinking of covering the model with paints or other materials to improve it. After consideration, I chose to use plaster to cover the whole model, as it can make the surface smooth and white. The result I got is shown under.
The outcome fit into the concept quite well, but the shape and structure are too simple to make audience to think of a " city ", I need to improve this part and try more experiment to create that kind of familiar feeling in a glance. Also, the plaster surface is rough and it is not the effect I meant to create by plaster. It might distract audience in visual and understanding about my project, so I'm thinking of finding a better way to paint it.
To improve the texture of the paper and create a vulnerable effect of memories, I used a kind of paper called Lokta natural paper and drew with watercolor. I did some research about this paper before and I thought it can create the effect I want. From the result, I think the paper texture express the feeling I want, however, the way I draw on it might need changes. The vein of flower petal on the paper looked like leaves of other plants somehow, and I didn't want audience to misunderstand this part, because I think the important part is the Hong Kong Orchid itself which is a symbol of my hometown.
I'm not quite sure about this. The abstracted lines of pattern looks beautiful in visual and it truly is the shape of veins of the Hong Kong Orchid flowers, but I don't want the audience to misunderstand this part into leaves. Would it be better if I fill in colors to show that it is the flower petal? I kind of like this abstract line effect and I don't want to lose it. To get a result, I decide to make another experiment with filled colors to make comparison, then I can make a decision.
plan: petal experiments with purple and pink color filled in
15/08/2018 Development of drawings
This is the experiments I made for the plan yesterday, with petal colors filled in to make it actually look like petals. I tried to compare two results, the visual effect of the experiment today is closer to the Hong Kong Orchid in my memory as it has got actual color, but the one drew by abstracted line gives a sense of blurry, untouchable memory, and I like that part very much too. After a period of thinking, I finally decide that the one with filled color is the better one, as I need audience to understand the meaning of it, understand how it represent my personal memories.
The next question is, I'm exploring through petals and model buildings at the same time, and I'm not sure which one is the main direction I should work on. The personal emotion or general representation? I should consider about this and choose one of them, or combine them? I haven't come up with a good idea of putting them together yet, I should think through this in the rest of the day and see what I can do to develop the concept and theme of the project.
I want to look at the feeling of familiarity and uncanny in multiple angles, maybe that means I should consider my personal angle and the audience angle at the same time. Combine them might be a choice, it just need consideration and inspirations. I plan to work on this in these two days.
17/08/18 The city map
After making sketches in the sketchbook, I start to make the second model city by putting the buildings together. This time I didn't limit the experiment with my memory of hometown, because I want this model to make the audience of artwork feel familiar and unfamiliar at the same time. The sketches of this experiment base on several reason from concept: The view should be familiar at a glance, and unrecognizable because there is no details on the blocks on building, no Rococo, Gothic or Modern decoration, they are just blocks with basic silhouette and structure.
From the result, I partly reached my aim of creating the sense of a corner in the city with these wood blocks, they imitate the city well and it does make audience think of streets (I ask my friends for comments), but I think the style of it should be more specific. Now, it's just a city in imagination, come out from putting blocks together, but not from any exact place in the world. I think if I want to get personal sympathy from audience, I might have to simulate the city they live in, at least use fragments from different countries' structure to make them feel familiar.
Apart from method use to gain familiarity, I'm thinking of ways to make audience feel unfamiliar too. Painting the whole model white is still the method I want to use. In this way, I can leave space for audience to fill their personal experience and imagination on the plain white model.
20/08/18 The cover on the model
I redo the experiment of creating cover on the wood pieces. The material is still plaster, and the result from last time (the one day making) wasn't perfect. The surface of plaster cover is hard to smooth with either hand or brush. However, I'm not sure about the cause of rough surface, so I'm thinking about adjusting the proportion of plaster powder and water, and using a softer fine brush. This might improve the result of smooth surface, so I decide to have a try.
The surface did become slightly better than the one I made before, but the result isn't fine enough to be used in my final outcome. I need a pure surface to let audience not be distracted from the original meaning of the work, which is "a place that can make many people feel familiar and strange at the same time", so I have to give up on this idea.
I have to come up with a new method of paint the sculpture white. Now I can think of two ways: Acrylic paint or spray paint. I should try both of them.
This is the final image when the wood model for final outcome was finished. It was divided into four area, referencing from four different modern city I've been to(Hong Kong, Tokyo, London, New York). Although these areas got different style, they look similar in some angle of the model, and this effect is connected with my concept: A place that can make audience from all over the world feel familiar at the first glance and unfamiliar after that.
This plays with people's memory and realization. Actually, more or less, the structure of streets and style of map all over the world always got similar parts, that's the main reason why people sometimes feel familiar to a new place suddenly, and find that feeling disappear rapidly. This model, the combination of four modern city's structure, works for this theory and try to create that uncanny feeling for audience.
The next step is to paint the model white, and I plan to use spray paint, because there are lots of details on the model, spray paint might be easier to create even thickness surface comparing to acryliv paint and plaster surface.
Final Outcome of Model
The Effect after painted into plain white is shown above.
Then, I need to set up the installation that can put the Hong Kong orchid flower image onto the model. For this I did several experiment to compare their advantages.
Folded petal on the corner
I tried the experiment of making corners with the petal paper and set them onto the building blocks, however, it lose the outline shape of a petal, only keep the vein part as characteristic. If I want to make the whole work interactive and let audience be able to remove the layer of image, pressing a button on projector or remove a whole acrylic board will be much easier than using these small bits of paper corner. I think this effect isn't good enough to give audience a correct understanding, so I have to give up on this idea of combination.
Draft of Poster text
[The project theme is people’s contradictory feelings about “familiar” and “belonged” toward a site. The artwork was inspired by personal experience of coming to a unfamiliar country and psychogeography artworks. The model is a mix-styled city built from structure and symbol flower of Hong Kong city, which can also let audiences from other countries feel familiar somehow but can’t tell the exact place. This express the concept developed from Freud’s theory about uncanny feelings in psychology.]
Tutor and I made lot of changes to this draft. The problems include grammar mistake, length of the text and the accuracy of language. Asking for tutor's help was very important, because it was difficult to shorten the text with accuracy professionally by myself. I found that I should avoid phrases like "my project" and "my work", to create professional atmosphere and let audience focus on the work itself. These should be improved when I'm writing text like this the next time.
This project explores feelings of “familiarity” and “belonging” towards place with Freud’s ‘uncanny’. It was inspired by personal experiences of coming to an unfamiliar country, and psychogeographical artworks. The model depicts a city derived from Hong Kong city and its symbolic civic orchid. Familiarity in the first glance is contradicted when exact places can’t be recognized.
Reflection of Poster
The poster was designed by using the template provided by tutor. The main reason of choosing this template is my major final image layout is in portrait. I tried several templates, by comparing them, I found that put the image of flower petal drawing on the side of the major image can let audience see their connection clearly. The image projected on the model itself comparing to the final outcome will make the artwork easier to be understand. In conclusion, choose a template that fits these position requirements is better for my project.
After making the first draft of the poster, I found there are few things that I can improve on. There are several ligatures in the poster and it affects visually, and the color mode need to be adjust to CMYK to avoid printer's color difference. Other than these faults, I think the poster is clear and simple enough for the audience to read and I hand in the edited vision as the final.
Tutorial Feedback 24/7/2018
During the tutorial, tutor and I discussed about the two theme throughly and he gave me some useful advice on expanding my idea and research. Firstly, I've decided to focus on the second theme in this final major project, because the second theme was more related to the status of myself at this stage.
At the same time, elements from the first theme can be somehow connected to the second one. The communication and understanding between people affects their feeling of being comfortable in a place or a community. I think this part of the first theme can expand the research width of my second theme, so I decided to do both part of the research at the same time.
With the phrase "sense of belong", tutor gave me another direction to move on, which is the word "alienation". It means a feeling of being unfamiliar to something, but "physically" knowing it at the same time. Because it's a word from psychology, there will be a large amount of information which I can use in books and essays from psychological area. I think I should start research from books in the library as the printed text are somehow more reliable than text from websites.
02/08/18 Contextual Practise
Student name: Elysia Lui
Project Title: Belong
Project Summary: It's about sense of place, feeling belong to somewhere and social alienation in a foreign country.
Relevance to your subject area:
1. Fine art is a subject quite related to expressing artists' own emotion or opinions. I think this theme can be expanded in fine art area well.
2. Raising questions and ask for attention is a part of fine art, and I think alienation in foreign country is a common problem among foreign students.
Your Personal Context:
1. The theme partly comes from my own experience as a foriegn student. I feel unfamiliar with this country and city, and feel both afraid and exciting when I need to explore it.
1. After some time in London, I've learnt the route I should take to go to school or go back to dorm, but I can never feel belonged with British red buses and road sign in English. This is because I'm used to the view of street in my hometown, which makes me only "physically" feel familiar with London.
1. Plastic and acrylic boards cutting and re-shaping
2. Wood modeling
3.Plaster and resin glue modeling
1.Small room gallery.
2.street installation, next to residents' houses
3.Audience: People with similar feeling and experience
Balance between respect local culture and showing self culture's characteristic.
2.The amount of foreign student increased through the years
07/08/18 First Experiment with Prints
The first experiment of the project start today. After I did some research about Hong Kong orchid flowers and observe its pattern, I tried to use press machine to create several prints with it's appearence. The experiment aim is to use this symbol flower of my hometown to represent my personal emotion towards Hong Kong, after research on the flower, I considered the pattern and exotic color of petal as the most unique part of it, so I decide to start making with the vein pattern of flowers.
There are several kinds of technique that tutor introduced to me, one is to create marks on the plastic film with needle first, then apply paint to it and print it on the damp paper, one is to draw on the film with paint first then print it directly, the last one is to cut out shapes with paper to print by the negative space of it.
For petals, the patterns of it are delicate and the lines should be thin and smooth, so I think the first method is the most suitable one. With thin needles, I can cut out very thin lines and give the image details much easier. I did cutting to the plastic film first, the result is shown under.
Then I chose purple as the color for printing because the most common color of Hong Kong orchid flower is purple. For experiment, I tried different types of purple, changing color by mixing different amount of red and blue paint. Also, I tried to create prints with gradually changing color. Compare two ways of adding color, I think the second one ios better because varied color effect is better in visual for me.
I want to show the flower's characteristic through this experiment to express my emotions and understanding to Hong Kong. Hong Kong is a very crowded city with a enormous amount of people, the whole city works rapidly and lively, like a flower keep blooming with the most exotic color and intensive form of veins. For expression of this characteristic, I think I need to add more thin veins close to the edge of petal. The amount of veins should increase as it get closer to the edge, to show a wild growth of the city, which also fits the pattern rule of Hong Kong orchid tree flower.
Apart from the change of density of veins, for the further development of this experiment, I'm think of putting different colors of printed petal together and create something 3D, because I think the 3D sculpture can be more direct in expressing meaning and full of details from every angle, which be better than a piece of flat drawing.
09/08/18 Sketches of Ideas
Another direction that I started to make sketches with is the sense of place, after my research about psychogeography artworks. The previous experiments were all about my personal feelings and memories of my hometown with Hong Kong Orchid, and I'm thinking of exploring something different with my memories which general audience can resonate to. I start to create sketches of maps of my hometown with my memories, and avoid looking at the actual photos or maps of that place.
This is a very rough experiment I got. Because the artworks in my research were 2D abstract drawings, and my memories are blurry, I made very similar rough drawings as the first experiment. However, looking at the result, I don't think these simple blocks can express a sense of feeling familiar to the audience correctly. They didn't really look like the blocks of buildings, so I wasn't very happy with it.
At first I was thinking about the improvement of quality of drawing or better arrangement of squares, but I got a new idea in my research from Liz Hickok's artwork. The experiment doesn't have to be limited on drawings and 2D map, 3D model making is also a possible way to explore my concept and imitate the street view. It might be easier to create a sense of familiarity with street building models comparing to flat abstract drawings of square. After these thoughts come up, I made new sketches of 3D models and try to create view of a place in the city with my memories.
This is the first sketch I made. I didn't make accurate measurements at the length of route or size of the building, as I wanted these drawings completely came from my memories. After research of Freud's Uncanny and other theories about memories, I got the conclusion that the "picture" left in our memories from the past is one of the reasons of people's feeling of familiarity. The similar shape and silhouette can recall things inside people's mind, and that's the main reason why I insist not looking at the actual image of the place I lived in when I'm making sketches.
The sketches give out the visual effect of the model partly, but I need to make an actual one to make sure that it can work for my concept. I'm thinking of the material I can use for this model, for example, wood or plaster casting. I want to ask the tutor for advice and try those material first, then make the decision. I plan to make this model on the next workshop day.
-material test, tutor's advice
-more research of two different direction: hometown(personal) and general sense of familiarity
13/08/18 First Experiment Combination
I tried to combine two pathway of experiment together to create a new one, which express the combination of situation to general audience and my own personal feeling. However, I find it hard to combine paper work to 3D models. The meaning and concept become unclear, because the drawings cover the shape of the city model and make it hard for audiences to recognize, which distract them from understanding the work correctly. I consider this as a fail experiment, and decide to develop other method of combine the petal and the city model.
The first thing I think of is to fold the drawings and let it fit into the shape of buildings, make it become a pattern placed on the wall of the building. In this way I can keep the texture of paper and keep the outline of building. Another method is to print the pattern directly onto the model with acrylic paint or oil paint, but I don't know if these paint can work well on the wooden surface of building.
16/08/18 The blocks
While I'm considering about the theme's development, I pushed the exploration of building models and create more small experiments for testing combination. The previous one day project outcome lacked details, which made it hard to lead people's thoughts towards the idea of a city or a place. The sense of familiarity wasn't expressed properly. Therefore in these experiment, I tried to imitate the buildings in a more detailed way, with more pieces of wood blocks and more structure in them.
From the result, I think the sense of building is improved hugely, it works much better that the outcome from one day project, but I feel like I still can improve it through more complex combination. This can be done in the process of putting all the buildings together to create a corner of city. Making multiple buildings into a whole street takes time to design and consider, and I think it's important that it create a kind of familiarity to audience.
How to create that kind of feeling to audience come from all over the world? I need to answer this questions, find solutions to improve the combination. This can be done through research on places, I think I should look into different style of street view in different country, find their differences and parts that are similar, and pick up bits of style that can make people feel familiar.
To do: Research on places (image)
Interim Poster feedback
Updated Interim Poster
Tutorial Feedback 21/08/18
Today I got a tutorial about my project and I realized that I'm not doing enough on making the sketchbook. I didn't use the sketchbook correctly, which result in the low efficiency of my work. I spend too much time on each experiments and didn't get to try much possibilities for my project, and I have to speed up to complete this project.
After the tutorial, I was inspired by tutor's advice, which is about the combination of petal patterns and the building sculpture. I got several Ideas. The first one is to fold the paper with the drawing into the shape of the building corner, and let it become a "coat" of the building.
The second one is to use a projector and place the image of my petal prints onto the model. This might work but I need to do experiments of it first to try different angles. I plan to do this experiment on Wednesday or Thursday.
The second Idea is to make a transparent acrylic sheet with patterns drew on it, put it above the model and let audience to see the two layers at the same time. In this way, the whole work can express the concept of general situation about how the shape and structure in visual affects people's feeling from their memories when the acrylic board is off, and express about my own situation and personal emotion when the acrylic board with pattern is on.
The Hong Kong orchid tree is the thing I used to represent my memories towards hometown, I want it to be removable to offer different angle and ways for audience to see my artwork, either of the method above should have this function to express this part of the concept.
21/08/18 City Follow the pattern
After the tutorial, I start to rearrange the structure of the city model. In my understanding about my hometown Hong Kong, it is a city which exist as a window of China and strongly affected by culture from all over the world. Pieces of style from different countries combined together, and makes Hong Kong a smelter of culture. This has effect on the style of buildings and city structure too. There are houses that are semi-detached or terraced house in Hong Kong, and there are blocks and flats too. Old, low buildings hide between the extremely high modern buildings, which is a strange view that normally exist in Hong Kong.
I want to show this combination by rearranging the buildings in the map model, and express the meaning of " culture smelter". I think I'm revealing the answer of why I get strange feelings of being familiar and unfamiliar at the same time in the foreign country. When all the decorations to represent style are removed from the buildings, the view of city really sometimes seemed somehow similar to the place I was live in.
If I "cut out" a square of view from a corner of street, and compare the plain silhouette to my memories, sometimes it can really messed up and confused me because the scene could be so similar just at a glance of it. However, when I look at them carefully, differences of style in buildings become obvious and my mind realize "this is not my hometown."
Actually, this strange thoughts could happen in mind with many comparisons of different buildings from all over the world. It's truth that every place got their characteristic, but mostly there will more or less be similar parts, I think thats why I get this contradiction when I'm walking in the street and looking around.
To express this idea, I make changes to my model. I researched on different kinds of building and city structure exist in Hong Kong which got similarities with other countries style (New York, London and Tokyo as the example), and start to create the city model with a mixture of them. I make the city route into the shape of veins of petal, to represent the main characteristic of Hong Kong: rapid extension and growth, finally the strange combined beauty come into being, like the exotic color of Hong Kong orchid.
Similarity in a square of view
To prove that I create a city with different style of area, but get similar view from a certain angle, I took these close up images. For the exhibition, I prepared a frame to let audience cut out the view in a box and see it clearly.
Projector Image and Final
I tried to project the drawing of the petal, the one with filled purple pink color, onto the model, however, the image shoot by camera gains strange color because of the nature of projector's light. The effect of this wasn't bad, even gave out some kind of cyber punk style, but this is not the effect I want. I need a clear image with original orchid-purple to make audience understand the concept.
For the solution, I finally decide to give up the petal drawing with colors on because large areas of color cause obvious strange effect on the final image. I have to use the one with abstract line and white gaps, so the part that changed will be less, and I can control the effect better. After photoshoot I can make some correction with photoshop to adjust the color, and make it closer to the visual effect I want.
I used this clear, abstract line drawing in projector, and get these images of model.
The final result express the concept clearly through the combination of pattern and model. The artwork for exhibition is designed with interactive parts with audience, with buttons that can control the projector to put the image on or off. The interactive setting is only a design and thoughts, because I haven't got a gallery place for the work.
The whole project start from gaining inspiration from my own experience of coming to a new unfamiliar country. I got physically familiar with the city but didn’t feel belonged to it, and I was quite interested with this situation. Project brief helps me to understand my ability from the past project clearly and set up the first direction of exploring. Because the whole project was controlled by myself, writing the brief gave me more freedom in the choices of theme and push me to improve my decision making through the process.
As I’ve written in the proposal, I read books of psychology, mainly the theories from Freud’s ‘Uncanny’, and I researched artists who made works about sense of place to develop ideas and evolve mine. However, I didn’t go to Kew garden which is a part of the plan, because it’s too far away from central London. I explored my concept and turn them into ideas of making to create outcomes, for example, I find suitable ways of building up white model city, with pieces of style picked up from several different modern city, to create sense of familiarity for audience.
I developed many of my ideas by making sketches, and I found that it’s the quickest way to add new ideas to previous ones and improve them, therefore I did lots of sketches of city blocks and try different ways to put them together. Research gave me source of interesting ideas to start experiment, such as my research on the Hong Kong orchid tree make me start to draw with that pattern first. Reflection helps me to make choices from several way of concept, materials, and techniques, for example, I was using spray paint but I find it difficult and reflect on it, acrylic paint works much better.
I keep gaining ideas from the process of making and absorb advices from tutors to develop my project, such as the combination of petal and the model city. Through the process, I come up with the idea of combine them together, and take tutor’s advice of using the projector. This is also one of my most important decision. I was going to gave up one of them, but after comparison, I thought combination would be more challenging for me, and the concept would be more complete than from only one angle of view. From the result, I think this is a correct decision, as my outcome artwork successfully express contradiction of feeling familiar at the first glance but unfamiliar after it fades away.
For the presentation work, I didn’t use indesign before and there was problems with posters, and I solve them by using the workshop from tutors. I found it important to make design for it, because it affects audiences’ impression on my work. I wasn’t satisfied with the photo shoot of my final, because the effect of projector light through camera is different from one through human’s eyes. To solve this, I picked the photos which have got similar color to the original, and use photoshop to correct the lighting. Though the effect isn’t perfect, it get closer to the visual effect I want to show in final, the grey lines lie on the white model city smoothly.
If it is possible, I will send the whole artwork with projectors to gallery and set up installation. For showing the shadow of petal pattern on the white model with projector, the gallery place should be a slightly darken room, so that audience can see the details better. I plan to make the projector a part that can interact with audience, let them choose to turn the projector on or off.