Art 3 Final

Part 1:                                  

I Communicate Through My Work.

What is this artwork intended to say?

The idea for this project was to write seemingly nice things on the outside of a balloon, and put a note on the inside of it that made it less nice. For example: The outside would say "smile" and the inside would say "because your life's going downhill from here". I gave them out to people and made them pop the balloons. It was meant to communicate a sense of pessimism, but in a humorous way.

What issues are you examining through your artwork?
The issue I examined was bad things coming out of something you thought were good. The viewer was mislead to believe the piece was optimistic, and were surprised when they popped it. I think everyone can relate to having a positive outlook on something, and then that suddenly changing. The balloons were meant to represent that, but in a fun way that hopefully didn't cause harm.

How is this artwork about who you are or what you like?

I use to be a very optimistic person, but I think as I got older it got harder for me to look at things the same way. Like many other people I got to be that way from having my expectations of people, situations, and other things get let down so many times. I usually expect the good things that happen to me to somehow end horribly, so I kind of represented that in this piece. The piece also shows my sense of humor. 

I Take Risks

Did you try something that you weren’t sure about as part of this project?

I think it was a risk to do something like this because I didn't know if people would get it. Most people who popped one got that they were supposed to be a joke, but I think a few people thought they were just mean. Writing on balloons was kind of risky too because they might've popped, but it worked out.

Did you pick a material or technique that was new or different over something that was familiar?

I've never used balloons as a medium before. I was actually really bad at blowing them up at first and had to get my seat mates to do the first few ones. I was pinching it in the wrong spot so the air wasn't going in.

I Create Original Art

How did you use your own unique ideas in your work?
I came up with the idea of painting my emotions each day until all of the squares got filled up. I wanted to do something less concrete, and more abstract for the time project. Emotions change greatly overtime, and are unique for each person so I wanted to show that.

Did you use a source for inspiration, then combine it with your own ideas to make it original?

The idea wasn't inspired by anyone else, but I think the paintings were. Most of them look kind of impressionisty to me, so unconsciously I drew from my favorite artists. I think that impressionist and post-impressionist works show a lot of emotion through brushstrokes and colors and I did tried to do that too. 

I Reflect

When did you step back and analyze your work during this project? 

After every painting I would analyze the differences between how I painted that day, and all the days before. I would look at the colors and brushstrokes and compare how I used them to portray each emotion. I also thought about how my paintings might be looked at by the viewer. Emotions are often affiliated with certain colors, so I also considered how that might've effected what I painted.

Did you consider how ideas would work before you tried them?

Not really, when I painted them there was no planning beforehand. I just went at it. I wasn't concerned with how they would look all together in the end, I just wanted to represent how I was feeling in the moment. 

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If I could redo any project it would be the print making one. I did it while I was making my time project because I could only do a little bit of that each day. I feel like I didn't put enough thought into what I made. I should've sketched out more ideas for the print, and I think it would've helped me a lot if I had come up with a concept. There was no meaning behind my prints, I just wanted them to look cool. I failed at that though. If I could redo I might've tried something clever with the prints, like my classmate Ambika did. She came up with the idea of making a bunch of prints and having them all come together to make something big. I should've tried harder to think outside of the box for that one. Or I at least could've come up with a cooler design.

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