This project was especially unique. It was for an art class in which we were asked to choose a poem that spoke to us. Then, based on that poem, we made a painting on how we felt it was expressed. Then based on our painting, we were made to translate it into a final wood sculpture. The three final pieces then came together to form a unified art experience. I used acrylics for the painting, cedar boards for the sculpture, and a combination of acrylics, spray paint, wood lacquer, and spray enamel to cover the final sculpture. I chose an excerpt from the poem Splendor in the Grass by William Wordsworth.
“What though the radiance
which was once so bright
Be now for ever taken from my sight,
Though nothing can bring back the hour
Of splendour in the grass,
of glory in the flower,
We will grieve not, rather find
Strength in what remains behind...”
- William Wordsworth
Jackson Pollack, another huge inspiration behind some of my designs, was the type of style I was going after in this oil splatter painting. I see a world where his style is used in textiles, wallpapers, graphic design and other media and materials.
I mainly used greys, blues, greens, purples, and other cooler colors in my work as I believe it embodies the elements of peace, serenity, and continuity - as those colors tend to blend into one another and it becomes difficult to see where one begins and another ends. Though people like me tend to remain cool and reserved on the outside, but there is often a much deeper cluster of emotion and thought that underlies the mask of sanity. This painting is how I best tried to put that concept.
Another splatter art using acrylics on a white canvas, I made this piece in high school as part of my first portfolio for entry into the product design program at Oregon. Again, I juxtaposed the calmness of the blues, greens, and purples with the anxious and scattered array of the overall splats. The grey and black dots give it a sort of neutrality, "freezing" the motion of the rest of the painting. The overall effect I was going for for the viewer was a calm, yet tense moment captured in paint.
SOME KIND OF BLUE
I made this four 12X12 piece set in high school using acrylic paints and electrical tape as the border. Inspired by Mondrian, the fields of color are meant to flow easily into one another and play together harmoniously.
Color theory was one of the first painting classes I ever took in college, where we had a chance to work with oil paints. As difficult as it was at first, I finally got the hang of it and managed to use colors to my advantage to create this piece. I used Seurat-like techniques to make this dot by dot until the image was complete. I find the highest beauty in nature in sunsets, oceans, and the sky.