Folded Book Project

frontcoverFor this project, we were assigned to created a folded book consisting of multiple panels (images). I kept a consistent theme throughout the book, which I titled “Zaftig” (an older euphemism used to describe a fat woman). Within each panel is a black and white portrait of myself, with the face of an animal covering my own.I was running out of animals towards the end, which I honestly hadn’t considered when I started the project so a few animals might be a stretch. Each image has a small gradient overlay in order to reveal part of my face beneath that of the animal’s. I desaturated both images and then added an overlay over the entire image of the animal’s habitat. I kept the opacity fairly low, but left some of the saturation and selected or erased the figure’s shape.

I deliberately chose animals that others commonly refer to fat women as: cow, pig, whale, etc. The final two panels portray me as a Venus Figurine. During the stone age, these figurines depicting a large women with big breasts, stomachs, hips, and thighs, were traded between nomadic tribes as a sort of peace offering. I attempted to create a sort of parallel between humans referring to fat women as animals and animalistic humans referring to fat women as an ideal.

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Digital Media Mashup Blitz

In digital media, we were assigned a project consisting of 3 compositions. Each composition was made up using only 2 images. The canvas was bisected directly in half and our assignment was to juxtapose the images in order to make them appear as if they “match up”. I had a little trouble coming up with concepts and designs on the spot, but I think it worked out well. My favorite has to be the bald, bubble gum head.

Surreal Collage

Compared to some of my classmates, my collage is fairly minimal. I created a digital anecdote about my family instead of an extreme scene/space. I put one of the more recent homes we’ve lived in  the middle ground of the beach image, I layered some of the palm leaves from the foreground over the house to accommodate for some poor image quality/cropping. I layered the ivy and bushes on and in front of the house and bumped down the saturation and color to match it to the rest of the beach greenery on the dunes. The sun would be shining onto the front of the house so i bumped up the brightness and saturation because the original image was taken on a gloomy day, I also lowered the opacity to help the house recede into the beach image. The construction sign was taken from a separate image and its color was adjusted to compensate for the sunny atmosphere of the beach and I burned a shadow below it. Above the horizon line, is a series of my immediate family member’s portraits. I took away any saturation from the original image, bumped up the brightness and contrast (to maintain the face’s integrity) and then lowered the opacity by quite a bit to match the clouds below. I used the blur tool around each individual head and then layered corresponding sections of cloud for each person. I used the smudge tool on those clouds to help blend the portraits with the sky/clouds. I repeated the process for the houses on the left. Each house represents the time and place where each of us were born (aside from my parents). A lot of selecting and layering later and I was done. Now looking at some of my classmates’ images, I’m kind of worried I was a little too conservative with my concept.

Rosa Menkman

Artists began experimenting with digital art as soon as computers started being used. As early as the 1960’s, John Whitney used mathematical functions from a computer based program to display his work visually. Since then, digital art has become very common, majors and studies have developed and it’s one of the largest growing artistic mediums as of late.

Rosa Menkman is a Dutch artist and curator, who studies glitch theory and creates glitch art. Her most recent work, a series of videos is made up of static distortions.DCT:SYPHONING. 64th Interval

Menkman is interested in pushing the boundaries of her digital work space. “Consider for instance video; video generally consists of a sequence of quadrilateral images, positioned along a linear time-line. But what would happen to video if it would break outside of this four cornered resolution?”

In order to create her art, Menkman uses software to compress an image. An image on her computer can then be represented as data. Compressing an image translates the data to be smaller without losing any important information. Mistakes in data compression are usually interpreted to be errors, but she used those manipulations to conceal secret messages to anyone capable of understanding them. When you scramble this data, the images and sounds become distorted. It’s commonly referred to as manipulation, datamoshing, or glitching.

“Glitch art is an art form that uses glitches not just on a technological level, but also conceptually and aesthetically. While watching glitch art, the audience perceives glitches without (often) knowing how they came about, which gives them an opportunity to concentrate on their form – to interpret its structures and to learn more from what can actually be seen.”
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Artist Statement 

I titled my series “Kind” after the noun “Human Kind”. Before beginning the project, we were asked to think of what inspired us and to use that inspiration for our final. I thought about this question for quite some time, and I decided that people inspire me. Their everyday actions of  kindness, wisdom, strength- everything human beings are capable of inspires me. 

This series includes a person, a heart, and a third molar (more commonly known as a wisdom tooth). The person represents man kind, the heart represents courage, and the tooth represents intelligence. 

Student Success Series: NSE

This past Monday, a friend and I attended one of the last available student success series presentations. (I mentioned in an earlier post that procrastination was an intrinsic flaw in my personality and that still remains true-unfortunately.) The woman giving the presentation actually started out by asking us, “How many of you are only here because it’s a requirement that you had forgotten about until now?” Almost the entire room raised their hands. 

NSE stands for National Student Exchange. This program allows students to experience a semester or a year at another university that (usually) has an excellent program relative to their major. Most of the universities involved are in the U.S, but there are a few in Puerto Rico and Canada. I knew programs like this existed prior to going to the presentation, but I’m glad I learned more about it. I’d love to study at another university, if only for a semester. 

I’m double majoring in Fine Arts and Art History- I’m looking into gallery or museum curating after graduate school, but I’d need some experience/internships. She explained how this was a great way to meet future employers and gain experience in the field you want to pursue  after school. Many students before me have already done this and landed jobs doing what they love! I know experience is looked for on almost any résumé and this program could improve my chances. 

While attending the other university, you pay Kent State tuition, all of your scholarships apply, and you pay in-state room and board costs. I’d have to review my options and talk to my parents before getting too invested in this, but it seems like a great program. 

A.L.I.C.E

My ALICE training course was in Schwartz and before going to this presentation, I had no idea where Schwartz was, so that was definitely a plus. ALICE training was fairly similar to the training I went through in high school.   However, this presentation went into its topic with more depth than the standard high school procedure. The presentation was pretty lengthy and the video made me slightly uncomfortable, but I understand its necessity. The person giving the presentation was very knowledgable and her being close in age to us (the students) made it more comfortable. 

I learned some cool things though!!

-a belt can be used to stop a door from opening from the outside

-you can jump from a building (3 stories or less) without serious injury 

-a pen and shoelace make a great tourniquet 

-tampons can be inserted into wounds to slow down blood loss