Thursday, May 4, 2017

Final Project

My piece is something I found personally to be a creative take on Degas' work.  I thought of the main concepts that Degas typically uses in his paintings: vantage point, asymmetrical, and motion.  As a dancer myself I decided to paint using my feet to give the impression of all these concepts.  I used red paint to show the metaphorical blood, sweat, and tears ballerinas go through, yet it realistically happens sometimes that their feet can bleed.  The eye path of the piece is structured by guided lines throughout the motion of the feet.  There is no true focal point to the piece, however you find yourself looking at the shoes to begin your journey throughout the piece.  What I tried to create is a story, similar to Degas.  I used a song to choreograph I tried to show on paper to allow the audience to create a story in their head and make up their own dance.  The deeper meaning behind this piece is the hard work a dancer puts in, but also the creativity and imagination you can have when you dance. Dance, itself is a free flowing type of art and anyone can create it.  There was two things I loved about doing this piece was to give that unusual vantage point where the audience has to illustrate an image in their minds of a dance being performed and how the foot prints have whole movement throughout.  The other thing I loved about this piece was being able to document something I'm passionate about.  As a dancer, you see your performances and your entire body moving, you never exactly know what the imprint of your feet are like or where they exactly travel.  So, for me, I found this to be a really unique experience to document that.
I think the one thing I can take away from this class is color and the impression it leaves on people Over the semester I have been able to see how color evokes different emotion in me and my peers.  I never realized before how much of an impact colors alone or with other colors can make a person feel a certain way.
Some things could be better are the time allotted for projects, maybe having less projects that are a little more time consuming.  I think being able to completely develop an idea and having the time to document that progress is important.  With that being said I believe it would be beneficial to write out our ideology behind our artwork to hand in (something brief not to long) explaining our thought process.  I could find this helpful because I found with me sometimes I had an idea in mind and really wanted to be able to artistically depict it, but just couldn't.  I think if you could see where the idea was going and that the struggle wasn't being creative, yet just a little artistically challenged (like myself) it could help students greatly.

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