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This video was created for my Drawing III class as a final project. It recaps the whole semester and all the projects we worked on.
The video opens up with three main artists. The first artist is a traditional artist, the second is a painter, and the third is a performance artist. The video is explaining the art projects of these three artist and the struggles they endure in the process. When created an art piece you are constantly critiqued from your peers or teachers telling you what they enjoy and what needs to be fixed. This is very frustrating when you as the artist have your mind set on one way and have to stray from it, but positive critiques can be very beneficial.
In order of appreance:
Ally is in a corner biting her nails figuring out what she wants to do in her head. She gets an idea and quickly rummages through a box to find a scroll. The tree on her back that is progressively growing symbolizes the artists becoming art and her journey through it as she grows. She continues to struggle with the 20ft scroll through-out the video.
Kelly the performance artist is struggling with the performance pieces. She does a sequence of events relating to balloons, string, and an inspiring piece from Kimsooja where she stands in one spot. She raps the string around the trees like the string project that was done in class.
Ally is working on a portrait with pastels when the black figure comes behind her and caresses her cheek. This signifies the personal relationship an artist may feel with their work. They are encouraged to keep going and work hard on it… but is there really a figure there? Or is it apart of her imagination. She is making promises, but to whom?
Then the tree keeps growing on her back showing her growth but Dany the painter falls out of frustration and exhaustion and behind her is the representation of art.
Dany takes her art piece and rips it but when it rips all you see is the art figure. Which in this scene represents an art critic or whatever the viewer wants to assume. This signifies the feelings that an artist may feel when being critiqued. Is the artist ripping the art themselves? Or is someone else doing it? Can someone negatively critique your art and the artist still like it or does that change the view of the artists as well? These are all left open ended.
Ally is then scene fighting with the figure. She is fighting with her art project. What she see’s is not there, there is no figure just her and her 20ft scroll on the wall but does this mean that it’s the inner mind she is struggling with that has manifested itself? but yet the art inside her (represented by the growing tree) is flourishing.
The scenes where the artists are ripping apart their art is the feelings all artists may get at times, they are frustrated with how it is going, the time they are given to complete it, and the critiques they may receive. We ask ourselves will we ever be good enough?
Dany slaps her hands down on the canvas and black paint hands come up to drag her in, she quickly pulls away and starts wiping them off. This is art slowly taking over the body taking part in everything we as artists do.
The art figure fighting Ally picks her up and throws her, she runs back to it but it isn’t there and she slams into her 20ft scroll. Was there ever something there or was she fighting the art in her head?
The artists push the figure back, denying its existence, and finally recognizing themselves as artists no matter what they produce, who critiques it, or what is said about it. They have over come every artists obstacle which, in the end is themselves. The tree is fully grown on her back representing her maturity in her art as an artist and the artists are scene looking at their final projects.
As an artist you are a creator of nothing, master of materials, and a hope for your generation. You take inspirations and make them visible to share. Not everyone will like every piece you make, but that doesn’t mean you can’t love them all.