ARTS 450-Studio Contract
Over the course of this semester I hope to achieve 2 creative projects, one series of 5 images and a second semi-interactive work. I understand that I must spend at least 15 hours of work-focused time each week. I understand that my work will be completed in a timely manner as illustrated by my schedule. I also understand that Nan must be informed of any deviations from the deadline at least one week beforehand. I understand that I must catalog my progress through an online blog (www.elledessine.tumblr.com) which will include project notes, sketches, research, inspiration, works in progress, as well as the final product. I understand that I am required to have a typed artist’s statement for each completed project and I understand that all the work generated for this semester will be new and original.
I hope to achieve a better understanding of narrative imagery over the course of this semester. I want to work on telling a cohesive story through my images, via symbolism and other means. My work to date has been limited to a form of character design. I would like to expand my work this semester by creating backgrounds as well as successfully integrating figure to ground. Most of all, I want to push out of my comfort zone – in regards to subject matter, colors, and media.
Project 1 will comprise of 5 narrative images. The story as a whole will be represented within the final image. The images will not necessarily be consecutive, but viewers will be able to make connections between the image and the story of origin. At the moment, I plan to work with fairy tales. The tales I have in mind are Bluebeard, the Nightingale, Jack the Giant Killer, Princess on the Glass Hill, and the Ring and the Rose. (Due to content, I want to make the Ring and the Rose slightly interactive. The viewer/user will be able to select the ring or the rose and hover over the figures to display the characteristics said items bring out.)
I want to challenge myself with these images so I have chosen stories with equal gendered cast, detailed backgrounds, and key themes. I want to work on manifesting these key themes within the images.
Project 2 will be a semi-interactive work. Using flash as a host, I want to create an interactive story book of original constellations and origin tales I’ve created for them. Users will be able to interact in three ways. They will be able to enter their birthday and learn the story behind their star sign. They will also be able to scour the sky for constellations- once selected the constellation animate slightly and a text box will open with the origin story and a link to audio. An image of the constellation will overlay the star patterns and there will be slight animations as the story progresses. All constellations will be original designs, figures and creatures of my own making.
This project will challenge me to step out of my element (ie: photoshop) and work more with flash, illustrator, and other programs. It will also challenge me to stick to a timeline and research stories which I knew once upon a time.
I understand that this assignment entails setting up 2 exhibits through the website Rhizome and presenting them to the class. These exhibits will take place at two separate times during the semester and have themes of my choosing. I understand that I will need to designate time to peruse and explore Rhizome before setting up my exhibitions and should not wait until the last minute to do them. I will work with the other 450 students to create a spaced and balanced timetable of when we will present our exhibitions.
I also wish to challenge myself temporally, as I tend to work on projects for months –even years!- without finishing them. For Project 1, I want to have an image complete a week. Begin working on the image on Wednesday and have it completed by the next Wednesday. At this pace, I should complete Project 1 by week 6 and have begun Project 2 by the same date. I have given myself more time for Project 2, due to my unfamiliarity with the program, the Rhizome project, and to Open Studio’s intervention on November 2nd. My deadline for Project 2 will not be until week 12, November 9th.
This schedule will allow me ample time to complete my projects as well as push myself to focus on my portfolio. By ending mid-week 12, I can dedicate the rest of the semester to the special project and miscellaneous personal projects.
“A”- All work was completed as scheduled and pieces are creative, insightful, and demonstrate knowledge of skills. I challenged myself with my projects (be it subject matter, medium, or temporal constraints) and feel they successfully express a narrative.
“B”- Most of the work was completed on time and was creative, insightful, and skillful. I challenged myself a little, doing only one or two elements which made me uncomfortable. Narrative/story telling of images is only somewhat successful.
“C”- I completed all my projects, but not on schedule. My work was creative but I did not challenge myself. There was little or no success in getting the narrative across in the projects.