Bubbles - Elaine Zhang
In search of an object that projects my personality, I found great pleasure exploring the concept of ‘bubbles.’ Through its amorphous shape, playfulness, transparency, fragility, and its free spirit, I see myself. Started by capturing moments of bubble’s contact with the nature and the universe, I become more and more aware of where bubbles can exist, physically and figuratively: soap bubbles, Sprite bubbles, love bubbles. To me, Bubbles are light, bouncy, little things that can bring happiness to the world.
Designing this portfolio, I followed the surrealistic idea of unconsciousness, in which I draw lines and use colors without giving it a certain purpose. I simply apply the colors and forms as I imagine how I would feel thinking about bubbles. When I have strong emotions, the color become more intense and contrasting; when I think of the sky, I think of marshmallow-looking clouds and the colors of sunrise; when I think of bubbles, I observe the word of surface tension and mimic the irregularity of the colors floating on the surface. I surrender to the stereotypical circular shape of bubbles but succeed to transform such traditional thinking into more complicated patterns. The app Procreate allows me to explore different expressions of bubbles using blotchy brush, liquefying tools, and layer settings, changing the opacity and color balances. The concentration develops as I become more and more aware of the free-spirited nature of bubbles, shifting from a set of opaque traditional bubbles to more representative abstract colors. The design tries to approach this concept of bubbles in a playful manner, emphasizing sharp contrast between colors and patterns while maintaining the balance and unity through the collection.