Having studied a fellow student’s chosen image (summer project) I was tasked to respond to it in a personally way. It was not meant to be a copied but my interpretation of it. After studied it for a while the obvious fish scene became less straightforward to me and the ideology of people watching and today society started to develop.
I wanted to keep to my strengths for this project and used charcoal however, it instead of drawing on paper I thought canvas would give a hazed, broken affect without added any other materials (paper, cardboard etc.). I was fascinated by the idea that we visited aquariums and zoos to watch wildlife go about their daily lives. What would happen if it was the other way around? Wildlife came to museums and containers to watch us. Would that be a thing? I guess we do watch people, at least I do!
I took the background of the chosen image and created an expressive response using the charcoal for my piece. At first I wasn’t really sure what I was trying to create but when I looked for the piece coming together from a distance I began to see parts of a face. I didn’t intend to create this, a happy accident, but I think it gives my work the intention I was looking for. I wanted to form the idea of how how emotions and personalities are a sea in our minds and that then can change depending on our mood and experiences. The slight presence of the human eye presents the experiences we see in life and society.
I wish to continue this ideology and research it more experimentation and contextualisation and reading of articles and current issues.