First, our group was formulated. This group consists of me, Jack Plantz, Becca Saulsberry and Abby Cotter. We decided we will appropriate and insert ourselves in the show Chopped! This will likely be a humorous version of the dramatic cooking show. Each member of the group will help film and star in our final product. Each person has created a humorous alter ego they will embody throughout the show. We are between cooking "College Edition" food (I.e. using ramen, microwavable mac and cheese, red solo cups etc) or using ridiculous ingredients (I.e. inedible foods like a piece of steel). We are appropriating scenes including the judges, the opening and closing title, the reveal plate lifting and the show host. Our own additions will include all cooking scenes, interviews of chefs and dramatic reactions.
My first idea was thinking of take close up images of my face dressed up with different traits that define me.
My second idea was painting with light, highlighting traits that I think define me.
Jack! (My boyfriend)
I really like the idea of light tracing him as well, and tracing the traits that I believe define him to me
How did I use advice from my classmates? Originally I was thinking of just some basic images of me and Jack in certain poses or with certain facial expressions that describe some traits we both hold. However, lab helped a lot because after talking this through, my lab partner helped me come up with the idea of close up portraits of my traits after we talked through some traits I think are a big part of me. I like the idea so as I was researching pictures for this theme, I found a light painting picture and it sparked my interest and lighted the idea for tracing the traits I want to highlight...literally highlighting certain traits. So I have decided to go with the light tracing idea because I love the meaning behind it just as much as I love the process of taking long exposure pictures. My photography has never really revolved around people or portraits, so I am excited to find a way to take portrait pictures and make them fun to create and exciting to look at. To me, this is more exciting in both aspects than just focusing on a person as the majority of the photo and the meaning. I’m super excited to go through this light painting process, I think it is going to be a lot of fun!
When I first started this project, I was toying with a couple different ideas. The first I came up with was doing 10 different drawings advertising vacation places in the universe, similar to what the NASA JPL art lab has done. Now I liked this idea, but I felt it was unoriginal and I could come up with something that was more my idea. The second brief idea I had was to do 10 different drawings where each one, the viewer was on a different drug. This was to show the vast array of different mindsets people obtain when they take different drugs. However, I felt I didn't have enough personal experience to complete this to the extent it could be. The two ideas I was toying with the most were Gender/Sexuality's relationship with color and Planet Personalities.
First referring to Planet Personalities, I would draw a different women corresponding to each planet. Now there are only 8 planets, so I would have to include the Sun and Pluto to make it to 10 variations. Each women would have an outfit/personality that corresponded to her planet. I.e. Venus is angry and toxic, the earth is "earthy" and is laid back and has dreadlocks and is like a "mother nature." The sun is fiery and controlling, Saturn is hula hooping and Jupiter is wearing a stripped dress.
Now referring to Gender and Sexualities relationship with color, I wanted to show how much we associate gender and sexuality to certain colors, even though it is all completely made up. I wanted to draw different close up images of female and male body parts and put them in the opposite color we usually associate with them, i.e. female all in blues and cool colors and male all in pinks and warm colors. I also wanted to depict a homosexual couple in black and white and a heterosexual couple in a rainbow color scheme. The viewer would be confused as the color scheme does not align with the images they see in their mind. Taking in feedback from my recitation, my group members both liked the last two ideas the best. We discussed and talked about how the gender/sexuality piece would technically be easier for me to complete as I am better at drawing more detailed close up images than I am at drawing people. My group members also liked the commentary I was stating in the Gender/Sexuality one, they believe it was bolder and would draw the audience in more and provoke thought while the Planet Personalities was more fun and less substance. I am still tossing up which I should do and am open to feedback but at this moment I am leaning ore towards Gender, Sexuality and Color. Hope you enjoy!
Here is a behind the scenes look at my artwork!