Wednesday, December 18, 2013


1. How did you show amusement and variety in your piece? Explain your choice of subject matter and how you created a unified piece of art.
I showed amusement and variety through my piece by incorporating pictures of what makes people all over the world pleased, or amused. My choice of subject matter was making a paper maché Earth and covering it with things that show different cultures, politics, and languages from different regions, but I unified them by having the pictures be related to one another. For example, in Iraq I put a picture of terrorists holding a poster threatening to kill all Americans, but in America I put a picture of Barack Obama on the news with the caption saying "Osama has been killed". I also, included a picture that reads 'Made in China" and I put it on America as well to show that a lot of our things come from there and that we run on material shipped from China to here. This demonstrates that all countries and continents all have relationships with another, and that the world is inner-twinded and unified.
2. Describe your experience with using mixed media. What mixed media did you use for your piece? 
I used paper maché, colorful teared pieces of paper, hot glue, yarn, print outs and I was supposed to use wire but it didn't work, because the surface of the globe was so bumpy that trying to make roller coasters out of wire was not working or adhering. 
3. What role did our lessons on visual journals play in the success of your piece? Explain.
 The layering, and taking pieces from different magazine cut outs to make one picture where the objects worked together to create a new picture/setting, both worked in my ideas and I used them to make my project. In Antarctica I found a picture of two penguins holding hands, so I looked for a proportional veil, bouquet, and top hat for the penguins to wear to let the audience assume they were husband and wife. I also used that technique, for Australia. In a magazine I found a picture of a trampoline, and then it gave me an idea to print out small kangaroos and place them on top to make it seem as if they were really jumping on it.
4. Discuss any challenges you experienced and how you overcame obstacles. 
My biggest challenge was the wire and trying to come up with more materials/mediums. At first when I tested out the wire out, to shape it like a roller coaster it worked but I was disappointed when I actually was ready to adhere it to the globe, because it would not stay. I tried gel, poking a hole to place it in, turning it certain ways, and hot glue. I was surprised when the hot glue wouldn't hold it, but I realized it was the height of the globe and the wire weight that were really unporpotional, which made it so unstable. Eventually after my several attempts to try and make the wire stay in place, I had to work on something else and just let the wire go, because it was starting to become a waste of time. So finally instead, I decided to spend that time layering and covering things up and trying to make sure there weren't too many blanks on the globe. At the end my projected looked okay, but I still think that I could have done better. If I would have known the wire would not work I would've tried something else before I ran out of time. 
My main goal in this project was to show the joys and pains that amuse people. What some people find amusing causes other things pain and suffering, in this the world in constantly in cause and effect, where one thing you do effects another person or thing. This shows how the world is unified through our everyday challenges, most joyous or saddest moments, and cultures.

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