- Digital Art
Past and Present – Jacky Song
My hometown Shenzhen has experienced a huge change in the past decade. In 1970s, it was only a small
fishing village without any signs of industry. Now 50 years have passed, and it has grown into an international
metropolis with high-technology industries. Born in Shenzhen, I enjoyed its prosperity as I grew up. However,
I missed its past, and the most fascinating history of Shenzhen. In these pieces, I began my journey to
experience his past, to witness his metamorphosis again.
Then I began my way to the past. Seeing the old photos, it seemed to me that I was visiting the old city. I saw
people’s celebrating at the completion of the first train station. I saw famous slogan “Time is money, efficiency
is the life.” hanging on the wall. I used oil to paint several old pictures about old Shenzhen in black and white.
Then, trying to show the change, I began to combine the them together and show both Shenzhen in one
painting. I divided the board into several sections horizontally, painted old Shenzhen on half of it and painted
new Shenzhen on another half of it to show how time has shaped Shenzhen into what it looks like now. The
change of Shenzhen does not only influence the city’s appearance, but also people’s lifestyle. In the following
pieces, I began to explore the change of people’s lifestyles. I explored the way to combine two scroll with
different characters in two different era together. Trying to create an effect of mixture, I cut each character off
and regrouped them on the new paper. Also, I wanted to create the sense of space and dimension and that is
why I used the paperboard to support it. In addition, I used different ways to explore the idea of the change
from past to the present such as showing the difference between the hands belongs to two people from
different ages at one piece.
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.
My AP concentration focuses on my struggles and feelings living with Type One Diabetes. I
wanted to explore my disease while providing people with visual representations of life with
diabetes. I set out to create works that non-diabetics can use to understand different aspects of
the disease without experiencing it firsthand. Overall, my pieces represent what it feels like to
have Type One Diabetes.
My focus started with diabetes as a whole, but as the year progressed I began to create abstract
self portraits meant to express how I feel. Image 1 is an abstraction of a beta cell, the cells in the
pancreas meant to produce insulin. I thought I would start with the root of diabetes in this image.
Image 2 is my attempt at making blood sugar “fun.” By placing sugar cubes into a blood vessel, I
create a relatable and comical look at my disease. I progressed to abstract self portraits pertaining
to what I feel I look like in different diabetes related scenarios. For example, painting 5
illustrates how I feel that I look when my blood sugar is low. By abstracting myself and looking
more at my feeling than my physical self, I feel I am better providing people with a viewpoint
they can understand and digest. I painted the varying feelings of high blood sugar onto the
different colors of a ketone strip in image 6. Image 7 explores how I radiate heat when my blood
sugar is high. Image 8 explores the nightmares I have when I sleep with a high blood sugar.
Images 9 and 10 illustrate my interactions with others and their involvement with my disease.
Other images tackle drug costs and technological aspects of the disease. All of my paintings
provide a new level of insight into diabetes by focusing on emotions that people can understand.
AP concentration was inspired from the front and back of theatre performances, including dancers, actors, orchestra, front stage, backstage, and audiences, to reveal the realities of theatre.
My AP concentration is an exploration of my family in Ecuador on my father’s side inspired by
the works of famous Ecuadorian Artist, Oswaldo Guayasamin. Most of my pieces are oil
paintings, but some are ink drawings.
My concentration is insects. Throughout my life, there is one thing that attracts me the most
besides art, and that is insects. Insects are so tiny and prevalent that most people won’t notice
or care to look at them. But from my experience at a young age, insects are the most
fascinating creatures. They not only have captivating colors, but they also exhibit interesting
behaviors. I want to illustrate an enjoyable little story about them to encourage more people to
appreciate their beauty.
Insects have an important role in the ecosystem. I believe that as human, we should respect it
even though some might think negatively of it. To make this theme more approachable, I made
up a fantasy adventure story based on my life experience and combined it with graphic novel, a
fun style that I am more familiar with. I chose markers on paper over other media because of
the transparency it gives. Different from oil painting, I could always add up colors to create the
precise effect I wanted without completely covering the first color. In the first four images or so
I remained conservative on coloring, using more gray colors. I grew more confident in applying
brighter colors to balance the gray as pages go on, especially represented in picture 7 and 8.
The storyline also progressed in this way, turning from gray to happy. I tried different
perspectives, storyboard and frames to make the images look more interesting. I also turned
from focusing on all the details to focusing on coloring, how I can group different colors
together so the drawing looks integrated. I feel like now I am more skilled in using markers than
when I first got them for this project. Looking back, I took a bold step in deciding to draw in the
style of graphic novel, and I'm glad that I have explored in a whole new medium.
In Islamic culture, patterned scarves, handmade plates, teapots, and prayer beads hold high
significance in prayer & in all aspects of life. I wanted to display these iconic pieces and reflect
the beauty and intricacy of religious icons in the Middle East. Early in the year, I centered my
concentration on depicting these religious objects in still lives in iconic positions. As the year
went on, I began reflecting on the state of Islam across the world and the war that has torn apart
my home country of Syria; I knew that presenting my religion as these perfect, beautiful objects
was not an accurate representation. My ideas developed from placing the plates on top of images
of a war-destroyed Syria, to abstracting these images to show the skewed perception of the wars
going on, to actually breaking the pieces in order to show the shattered state of Islam in the
Middle East and across the world.
- Ceramics and 3D
- Public Art