This week, our topic is “Opposite Attract”, which is taking pictures of two opposite objects, ideas and create a connected meaning behind it. In my picture, my opposite objects are a rose which stands for peace, love and gun tattoos which stands for war and hatred. The setting of this picture was the whole photograph was in monochrome, however, the rose would have it redness pop up. This means the love should always be the one which is attractive the most, the gun (which represent war) should be leave in the past (monochrome usually symbolize past). Although the meaning of this concept is beautiful and meaningful, I was still not really with my idea. I thought about and built up this concept is rush, therefore, I felt like I could have come up with a better concept.
Last week when I was going through my old USB, I found some of my works for my digital art class a year ago. I was surprised how good I used to be and how lazy I am now to come up with new idea for art. The topic was to create a poster which express yourself or to show a connection between two things. OR A COMBINATION OF BOTH! And of course I chose the last one, the combination of self-expression and connection of myself to the world.
My idea was to show how I feel about my self, about humanity. Different from other artists (and in most of the cases it is a bad thing to be different) I am an average, ordinary person. I do not view myself as some superheros or those who can change the world. Hence, I know I am the one who can show the connection of a true self of this world.
During the process of this project, I came up with 3 different ideas. They are all about the string between humankind and ape – an animal which is closest to human natural habits. About the connection side, the meaning of my work would show that after all human is just animal. We have our wild side, animal side. Just that because we evaluated better (as we defined) does not make us better than other. The only thing make us better is how we can acknowledge right and wrong things, is how we know to make this world a better place. For the self-expression side, my work would show the meaning of how my wild self being controlled by the norm I have been taught, I have been put on. It would show that how one-self is different from what we can see visually.
End of the project, I did 3 different posters with same concept. Here is my work: