I was extremely excited to start the final project because we weren’t limited in terms of medium or concept besides the fact that it had to combine both digital and “analog” components. For my project, I created a collage using digitally altered images of myself and found objects. This piece, which I titled, “Untitled #27”. This piece was extremely personal. I was diagnosed with clinical depression at the age of 15, my mother suffers from the same illness. I’ve been on and off different medications since then and just recently had an appointment with a new psychiatrist for a new medicine. I haven’t been feeling too well this semester and creating this collage was an amazing form of catharsis for me. I think my recent thoughts and appointments acted as the catalyst for this collage. I don’t really relish the thought of speaking out about my mental health, but this collage provided me with a different kind of outlet. I didn’t want my thoughts or words to be easily read, so I oriented them in all different directions and created somewhat of a code while writing. I wanted to focus on composition in this piece which I think I did so effectively. I used a variety of media including my altered images, film negatives, burnt matches, acrylic paint, cigarette boxes, doctor’s notes, prescription labels. I wanted to create a kind of “I Spy” game within the collage. Some elements are so small, you’d be better off with a magnifying glass. I’m extremely satisfied with the final product and I’m glad I had the opportunity to create this.
I received only one post card back from this process, but I was pleased with the result. Unfortunately, I don’t have a picture of the card, I taped it in my sketchbook which is currently in the possession of Darice Polo and the rest of my Final Portfolio for Drawing III. The writer left it anonymous, but it read, “I worry about a lot of things. My friends, my family, even myself, and my worth.” The post card was also wrinkled due to water damage so they followed my instructions to a tee. I found this persons’ words very relatable- who doesn’t worry about those things?
Unfortunately, the cards I mailed out never made it back to me. I mailed one to my older sister and her husband in Canada, but they said they had never received it. I’m assuming I wrote the address incorrectly. I also sent one to an old friend in Texas, but she never mailed it back to me. She said she was too busy with school- I guess that’s an engineering major for ya! I saved the pdf to my flashdrive- so I might just make a few more copies and hand them out randomly. I think I’d prefer to receive my postcard from strangers rather than friends.
Our Human Movement video requirements were pretty open and vague. We had only the idea of “Human Movement” to go off of. I’m in Albert’s Dada and Surrealism class and we’ve been studying films from these two movements. The films had little coherence and no obvious plot or rationale. My film was inspired by Sigmund Freud as was a lot of the work made by Dadaists and Surrealists. The film delves into Eitzman’s (Olivia’s) subconscious producing a random array of clips that don’t make much sense. I tried to make it as obvious as possible that she was dreaming through differing clip transitions and filters. Most of the footage wasn’t planned. I tried to rely on automatism alone (a staple when creating art as a dadaist/surrealist). I wasn’t aware I was even being filmed for some of it. I think this made the video a little more relatable. I was happy with the final product!