The progress on this project has slammed into a roadblock unfortunately, mostly due to my lack of Photoshop skills.
I took the sketch of the built in corset concept and turned it into one of a built in USB hub along the spine, with curcuitry lines running alongside my hips. It’s inspired by this Man Ray piece:
I took a similar photo of myself, turned it black and white, and managed to get the USB hub shopped in, but the circuit lines are giving me trouble and I’m now considering changing the appearance entirely. I’m thinking about putting me laying on the couch and the USB hub having cords plugged in, as if I’m charging myself. I will need to retake the image, and redo all the shop work, which of course I have no idea how to do it. Don’t really have the time to do it in either! Ugh!!! I have to work on it this weekend as next I’ll be in LA visiting my mom for her 70th birthday.
I, ironically, kinda wish I could just upload all the data on how to use Photoshop to my brain. *sigh*
For the second half of the Chance project, I was do what my partner did. His instructions were very similar to a Dada poem.
First grab a newpaper, some scissors, and a container. Find an article in the newspaper and carefully cut out each word in the article for the length you wish the poem to be. Take the clips, put them in the container, shake it up a bit and pull out each piece, writing down what you pick.
The poem I ended up with was:
“When helped, she knew the perceived introduction to existence really began the distorting event, but was realizing the truth we don’t want said, of the violence and polluted prayers of the solidarity felt to change. Was I about what’s between herself with people who don’t harm all the activities of the moving water?”
Due to my plague victim status, I haven’t had a chance to finish this part.
I know that it’s a Dada poem, which means I grab a newspaper and cut out an article. Then I cut out each word from the article, place them in a bag, shake it, and then each word I pull out glue down to form a odd nonsensical poem. I just need to put it all together and take photos. This was difficult to do when coughing up a lung.
I’ve been sick for the past few days with a nasty chest cold that hit me like a ton of bricks. Even missed a day of school this week. I still feel like the walking dead but I at least got two concept sketches for my next class project. I’m most likely going to go with this one:
A body that can be plugged in like a computer, one that can be uploaded with whatever data it needs in order to function properly. The circuitry that runs along the sides will shine through the skin when in use.
The other concept was of a built in corset that I could adjust to my daily needs in life. Create that perfect hourglass figure I pine for. Here’s the concept sketch for that:
So far I’m leaning towards the first sketch. I took a few shots of my backside so I just need to learn how to manipulate the photo and I’m set.
When this was first listed as a project, the idea of augmenting one’s body in some fashion, stirred up my Body Dysmorphic issues. When the question was dropped in class, “If you could change any part of your body, what would you change and into what”, I wanted to crawl into a cave. I’d change so much at the moment. How do I do a piece that doesn’t involve me ripping myself into shreds mentally? Power through woman, power through.
The first image that popped into my brain was that of a built in corset that I could contort my body into the curvy shape that I adore. I have no interest in being super thin. I worship the hourglass swerve of the hip shape. Probably a result of having pin up art and all the Goddess statues in my parents household as a kid that influenced this. Also, my love of Marilyn Monroe. I found this one image that I love and it’s probably what I’ll end up doing:
My second idea dives into my obsession with octopuses, or rather, their tentacles. I could do an homage to Ursula from Little Mermaid, but my dark mood wants to go all Lovecraft on the image kind of like this:
That one could be fun to play with. Hey, tentacles make everything better!
The last idea comes is more abstract in design in that is utilizes statistical data to create artistic murals. The mural artist Ellie Balk takes survey data provided by high school students about their daily emotions during the day. Each color represents an emotion with the negative space filling in for the grade level. The art lies within turning the math into a work that falls under abstract expressionism. This could be fun to play with as well, but not sure how I’d go about doing it.
I just tripped over another artist that involved tattooing, which I’m currently pining to get more ink done. The artist is Mary Coble, and the performance piece done in 2008 was titled “Blood Script” in which she has tattooed all over her body all the cruel hateful words that have ever been said to her.
Its insanely intense to think that she goes around with that cruelty permanently on her body, but from my own experiences the mental scars remain too. I think I might play with that idea too, but the words being what I say to myself. I’m guessing I’m leaning more towards the body as a canvas as a theme or, well……tentacles.
I’m sorry about being so quick about this post. I’m feeling overwhelmed with school right now and dealing with some bad head space stuff at the moment that is making my head a dark place to be. But push through it is what I do.
My next project for class is the Augmented Body, and I had to showcase three artists that inspired me. I’m interested in the concept of the body being the canvas or the tool in which the art is created. The first of the three artists, one that I personally wish I had the room in my studio that I could do a piece like, is Heather Hanson.
Her charcoal drawings are a hypnotic mixture of her dance background and Buddhist mandalas. She dances. rolls and swims across the canvas with the charcoal marking her body’s movements, making spiral swirls that harken to Buddhist mandalas.
The next artist that inspired me is the body painter Alexa Meade. Her work with body painting turns human flesh into a living breathing canvas, which blurs the line between reality and illusion. Here’s an image of her creating one of her pieces:
The third artist that inspired me is another body painter named Lisha Simpson. Much like Alexa Meade, Lisha’s work acts like an optical illusion in how it changes the appearance of the body, making whole piece disappear, while shifting the appearance into a work of art that isn’t manipulated by digital means.
It’s done! My Chance art project for my Conceptual strategies class is finished, at least on my end. I found a bunch of magazines and some of the art journal do dads I’ve got, cut like a madwoman, grabbed a bag, my 20 sided die (because I’m a geek), glue, and a large piece of Bristol paper. See? I’m all prepared like a Girl Scout:
I rolled a 19 for the images and pulled out my 19 images and arranged them on my paper as such:
I took out of the bag what I wasn’t going to use and threw in the words that I cut out, and shook the bag. I rolled the 20 sided die again and it came up 13, so I reached into the bag and pulled out 13 words. I arranged them together to form a kind of poem that actually worked out perfectly with the way the collage was laid out. Here’s what the poem turned out to be:
The poem reads as: “Every morality cancer damaged life look with wanted made beauty from tempted sleep.” I arranged the poem on the paper, grabbed the glue and secured them down. After it dried, I grabbed the mod podge and sealed the collage down. I was so very happy with how it all turned out!! I think I’ll find a frame to put this in and hang it up in my house later. Check it out: