Ideas Factory Project
MASOCHISM: Someone who obtains pleasure from receiving punishment.
Symbolism of hand prints:
I wanted the person to get down on their knees as it created a setting of weakness in front of the crowd and through printing their hand prints it would present themselves as an individual. In the Bible hands is a symbol for human action and called “instrument of instruments” for a masochist this is used to create pain some cases scarring mentally as well as physically that is found pleasurable. Also in the stone ages experts have investigated hand prints inside caves were being used to communicate location and any needs.
Furthermore I researched into how being watched affects our behaviour as I thought that was an important factor of masochism. Being watched whilst being put into an uncomfortable setting creates even more discomfort. / http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20140209-being-watched-why-thats-good Jason G -Article on how being seen has changed people's behaviour. Imagining being watched has actual decreased crimes in certain areas. Being seen by the public also makes our brains think about how we come across to other people. / goldmanhttps://wistia.com/learn/production/science-behind-being-on-camera Meryl Ayres -“We actively seek out and weight information that already fits with this worldview.” This is quite a negative but true view that our instinctive thoughts often come from the approval of others and only after do we start thinking how we feel.
Another interesting aspect of this could be the approach Sam Mendes, the director of American Beauty, has towards the idea of beauty. Beauty in the ugly. Can those who walked through the instillation depict peace and beauty in this image. Ricky Fitz’s the main character of this film who's view challenges the definition of beauty that's been made by society. Similarly in this instillation you are put into this uncomfortable space but due to the nature of masochism you are called to find an understanding of this word and comprehension.
INK: 'Design by Destruction' by Benjamin John Hall. Hall reconsiders process-led dyeing methods through examining ideas of entrapment and impermeability. He takes these crafted sculptures, breaks into them which then produces ink covering the white with black which creates this sinister look to the collection he has made.
The way subject and viewer is able to determine their location and where to focus is through the flash of cameras which is possessed by the viewers. This is part of the humiliation aspect and being captured on camera the feelings of pain and discomfort as the viewers throw ink over the subject.
Instructions for the subject:
Ink and Cameras Distributed 50/50, The timer is set to 2 minutes (pressure) ,The person is required to hold onto the cord that guides them to the destination of the fabric where they will have the opportunity to make their hand prints with ink. (symbolises humility and exposure of their inner state).This is done in complete silence and darkness whilst watched by the audience. When the subject reaches the destination of the the fabric i.e. the end of the corridor, the viewers are then allowed to use flash and throw ink over the subject. The subject isn’t told about ink but only a static source of light being given.Through the use of the flash the subject is also able to determine which direction they are heading to get back. However this is very paparazzi-like lighting making it a stressful environment to escape. The subject should take the fabric they have printed and use it as protection from ink however their symbol of humility is being destroyed as ink covers the print.
Instructions for the viewers of the show:
50 are given balloons filled with ink that they are to aim at the subject and 50 are given cameras with a powerful flash. Aim at the subject when they have reached the bottom and get closer as time runs out to create a sense of entrapment.
Jewellery Project Research
Looking at jewellery that can be transformed into a space for multi use. As there was so little time I tried to use minimal materials in the most sufficient way possible. I also wished I had looked up similar ideas as it would help me to develop and improve my own. Researching more into this idea I think If I had more time I would really invest in the material that this would be made from to create this sense of comfort. Perhaps working on weatherproof material so this could be taken outside. I found good examples of tents being part of clothing and the like however fashion was often not considered. I think in this project it was important to find a balance of comfort, fashion and space. Overall I’m quite happy with my idea however I think the shape of it may come across a little awkward and unsure. At the same time I didn’t want to make it something that goes on the body too obviously.
3D & Architecture
If our structure wasn't so complex on the inside I would look more into Gordon Marra Clark and see how people can use the space inside in their every day lives. I really liked his idea of adapting the bedroom for multi-use and I think it also makes his ideas quite compact and rich due to looking into human behaviour in every day and adapting his work to this behaviour.
I also liked the work of Selgas Cano and the way he uses light and colour in his architecture. I think this is something that architecture often lacks. Again this is something that challenged my idea of architecture because it was more of a temporary instillation which people could visit just to admire rather than a place to live or to work.
Selgas Cano's Pavillion 2015
Thinking about the purpose of the structure I tried to find use for the space inside. It was an uncomfortable space for somebody to be in when it was made due to so much going on inside however the shape of it made me think of a kerosene lamp and looking at the work above I felt that the scale could be magnified to be used as a light in a public space.
If I had more time to research for this project I would like to interview people about their camping experiences and whether this idea is something that would improve this experience. Overall in these projects I feel like there's a lot of unfinished ideas which could be developed in a more successful way. I also feel like my research lacks depth and I wish to learn to relate research more into aspects of art and design that I haven't yet come across or practiced
Fashion & Textiles SURROUNDINGS 24/09/18
The main theme was that we didn’t get our primary research from fashion and create it into fashion but looked at buildings and shapes which then through the process of experimentation and visualisation with pattern making evolved into a piece that was constructed around the body. Looking at how shapes respond to being placed on the body alternatively rather fitting the them to fit fashion as we know it. Overall this was about picking out inspiration outside your main source of interest to create something new rather than recreating something that has been done before.
Earlier this year I had visited the Sculpture Park Museum in Yorkshire and came across Chiharu Shiota's instillation 'Beyond Time'. Researching more about this I found that the reason she chose to use the metal piano is due to the lack of instruments at home growing up as well as a vivid childhood memory of her neighbour's burned out remains of the piano after their house was destroyed by a fire. I love how she portrays this memory in such a delicate manner. Standing in the instillation is very tranquil which is contrasting to the horror of the reality of the memory itself.
Other work seen by Shiota
28/09/18 Tate Modern/ Fine Art Research
Carrie Mae Evans
What: Collection of images from number of archives, daguerreotype of slaves taken in 1850s to 1950s civil rights era.
What about: African Americans forced into servile roles- cooks, maidservants and sex objects.
How displayed: Rephotographed, enlarged, glass mounted, overplayed with red tint.
How presented writing: addressing the subjects of the photograph as ‘you’ to build an individual level of connection. Series of texts etched into for powerful poetic commentary.
I thought it was really powerful how Evan's used object names that literally objectify this indiviual due to their role there. Portraits labelled like house , yard, field, kitchen etc.
...and then I cried
Collection of reflections and interventions of political debates:
- Flag I , This is how Teresa Margolles representing Mexico in 2009. She collected blood from murder scenes from Drug wars outside Mexican pavillio as memorial for citizens, which the rest of the public dismissed. As an artists she researches into social causes and consequences of death.
Just being in the presence of this flag was quite overwhelming. The scale of it also added to the impact and the brutal reality of it also made you feel helpless, highlighting the grand and the awful consequences of this war.
Mark Ruwedel collection of works 1995-2012 / abandoned railways, nuclear testing sites, empty desert homes.
“Each series explores how past events have been inscribed onto the earths surface, reflecting the artists belief that “at this point in history pure nature is no longer a viable subject”’.
I really liked the attentive nature of this photography and how it was looking at ideas that other people have had, projects and planned events in history ad how they have been engraved into the surface of the earth. He isn't just taking images of similar things to appreciate them but actually is looking deeply into the work behind each image through creating these collections.
Series that documents remains of a project - railroad as a symbol in North American frontier mythology which believed that US was destined to reach from east to the west coast.
15 of the apartment buildings represented in Ruschas series ‘Some Los Angeles Apaprtments’
Who Owns What?
This space was a collection of artists quotes. A place focused in more on words and how they can make us think about our way of living and reflect. Krugers work focuses a lot on Amreican Consumerism and how people often found their identity in what they bought or possessed.
Here Ruwedel has a collection of photographs influenced by Ruscha's work who made a name for himself in the 60's art world by self publishing a series of books such as 'Some L. A. Apatments'. Again this is more coming to the idea of noticing the everyday and appreciating its detail.
Curator Virginia Heckert puts it well in the introduction of this book. "it is thanks to Ruscha's having recorded these structures in 1965 - and in many cases having provided the inspiration for others to photograph similar subjects - that we find ourselves today more observant and appreciative of the architecture that so unassumingly but definitively influences our experiences of the city."
This was one of my favourite collections. I felt that it was also such a new and refreshing way to comprehend and retell an old biblical story of the tower of Babel. I think what makes these collection successful also is the careful selection of objects and organising how they can be set out to create the biggest and appropriate impact.
I loved Parr's photography of the use f the saturated colours in his photography. It creates like a commercial-like image of the every day life in his collection of images. He really successfully captures people's emotions and the atmosphere of the setting and I think that is important in an artwork because this way we as an audience can relate to the work too.
"We Are What We Eat" & "Cost of Living"
Parr uses a kind of medical image making. A macro lens and ring flash. "My job... is to exaggerate reality" As well as collecting these images for us to find the beauty on them, he exaggerates the colour making his resulting images "seductive, grotesque, familiar, strange". Parr states that "Taking photographs is a form of collecting". He treats every setting with the same level of 'scrutiny'. I really like this approach to photography because it's not about the beautiful scenery or necessarily the right composition but the element of accident when taking a photograph.
Overall he has been interested in the everyday and documenting photographs from 1983-2009. He explores themes of class, leisure, consumer culture at home and abroad. This is reflected also in his "cost of living collection" 24 images where he photographed people who were in the upper class. It was interesting to see the difference between working class. Often the images would be people rushing to shop, buy, horse races and golf where as working class it was often a day out at the beach, small cafe's and parks.
Holzers work was centred around words. A collection of thoughts and words she wanted the public to dwell on. Words are central to her work as she focuses on the ideas behind truism. Depending on your outlook on life you will either or disagree with the statements and this is the way I found myself interacting with her work. I think its interesting when art throws an opinion or a point of view straight at you. It often challenges you or makes you think whether you agree or disagree with something you may have never even thought about in your life, whether you do or don't and how does that affect other opinions that you have. "Her work asks us to consider words and messages that surround us.
engraved phrases/ wall of words
Holzer challenges the temporary nature of our words and here she takes a plaque to give permanence to small phrases.
"I conclude my research on the body when conscious and unconscious" She uses a collection of objects to make research on society and how people react to good and bad. I thought it also had reference to American Psycho the way things were organised so neatly that harm somebody.
Collection including performance and participation. "a bridge between the ancestral and the future" This is an idea of artwork remaining as long as the process continued over time and th activity expanded out to involve her participants
Christian Marclay: Clocks
"At its core, Marclay insists, The Clock is ‘a meditation on time’. Years of research went into finding clips where a character or clock gives the right time, but just as important are the ones between, which focus on moments of boredom, anticipation, frustration, or anxiety over being late. In their original contexts, these scenes are lulls, that at best, ‘build up tension to something more exciting’; here, they make up a catalogue of affects produced by time’s passing. Marclay acknowledges that many durational film works are boring (even Warhol’s 1963 Sleep or 1964 Empire, he says with a smile, aware that this is hardly iconoclastic), but he was as influenced by 1960s composition as much as conceptual art. ‘As John Cage said, if you listen, and keep listening, eventually you find something interesting. Hollywood films don’t engage you in that way – they just throw everything at you, so you don’t have that capacity to reflect, for self-discovery.’"
I think this has been one of my favourite parts of visiting the Tate
After finishing the print somebody mentioned that it reminded them of work by Saul Bass so I researched a bit more about his work.
http://digg.com/video/saul-bass-style-substance - The philosophy of Saul Bass. Bass, also having experience in film making, spoke about the film needing to start at the ver beginning, that when the names of the cast and directors should be incorporated with elements of the film. Sometimes using just two simplified images or figures to represent what the story is about or enforce the name of it. What is clear in Bass's work is that even though he has the freedom to use anything, he is very selective in his choice of colour and the detail he wants to add by saying so much with so little. Even the famous scene in the film 'Psycho' you never actually see the murder happen, or harm done but you feel it and know it is happening through the way it is communicated with gestures and emotions.
Listening to this song whilst doing my work I think even in music this is the case, where for example Radiohead often doesn't use many instruments, words or sounds at all however it's how cleverly they distribute the rhythm and create musical progressions that satisfy the ear or resound with the persons experience.
Coming to 'Hide and Seek' an animation by Malika Favre, she describes her process as using bold colours, creating composition and then taking away until that crucial line or silhouette is left that is enough. I think from researching this, it has helped me to realise not to rush into thinking of eccentric or overly ambitious ideas but to stop and thinking of the simplest way first and then take away and think how do I strip this down to just what I want it to communicate rather than how can I make this the best thing ever.
Further research into Masochism
Thinking about this experience, the subject has to have real bravery to go through this experience. It reminded me of the work of Marina Abramovic I saw at Tate Modern. One of her most famous works is where she allows the public to use probs ranging from a knife to a lipstick to do whatever they want to her. A form of social experiment however which still seems to have undertones of masochism. She talk about her experience trying to escape her conscience so she is her own subject completely out of control of the course of what will happen next. Perhaps we’re all masochists as we daily put ourselves into situations where we don’t know how we may be harmed or benefited. Taking risks. Going back to the root of her interests Abramovic draws on traditions of self flagellation. This is something I hadn’t really come across before and it was quite shocking. In some cases of extreme religion this self legislation is part of their tradition to hurt the body until it bleeds. For example some Shia Muslim participate in the festival commemorating the martyrdom os Hussain in the form of self- flaggilation. I guess the question arises whether this is masochism. Perhaps it is pleasurable in a sense that this is a festivity. Is it a day to look forward to?
“The day falls each year on the 10th of Muharram, the first month of the Islamic lunar calendar. This year, it corresponds with Tuesday 11 October, though the festival begins for observant Muslims at sunset on Monday, and in some countries the day before is also a public holiday. …the day is a major part of the religious calendar for Shia Muslims, for whom it is a solemn occasion to mourn the death of Hussein in 680 AD at Karbala in modern-day Iraq.”
Going back to the installation. I don’t want the subject to feel any physical pain for safety reasons. Looking into what inspires Marina’s work has given me an insight of how extreme the idea of pain being put in a positive context can be.
Multi use Accessory - Jewellery
Sleep Suit by Forrest Jessee
Proponents of Buckminster Fuller's practice of "dymaxion sleeping" will appreciate the "Sleep Suit," a semi-permeable, transportable, and adjustable cocoon that allows its wearer to get the prescribed four 30-minute naps every 24 hours. Composed of accordion-like pleats, the finger-trap-like covering "reduces the form to exactly what the sleep program requires," says designer Forrest Jessee. "The result is a suit that supports the body in all the right places and at the same time both filters and acknowledges its surroundings and occupants, providing a sound nap in a variety of different positions and environments."
It would be interesting to experiment with this project further, analysing some of our daily habits and thoughts which could help make a piece that inhabits those things making our life more comfortable. Of course it is worth looking at the negatives of this being quite anti social. Perhaps this could be made more interactive where it requires two people two make a shelter.
Today we were introduced to the 3DDA pathway. For our research we got given secondary research by our tutors of which I particularly liked the work of Masanori Oji where he considers the cycle of a piece of furniture. It also linked with when tutors stressed about sufficiency of a product. As well as being an area to place books and decorate the tablet it also works as a child's chair. It is something that can be passed on from generation to generation due to it's design. I really liked this factor of Sculpture and 3D as it was all about making people's lives better and more comfortable as well looking after the planet and thinking about how we can be less wasteful.
book by Marijke Timmerman
I felt that this book resonated with some things said in out lecture. I came across this in the CSM. I learned that appetite is often psychological and a habit rather than when we are actually feel hungry, therefore it made me thing products could be designed that help you to organise your meals better rather than eating when you're not really hungry.
Also it meantioned that 1/3 of all food is wasted and if this wasn't the case we would be able to feed every person on the planet with more than 2700 calories per day! So I tried to create things that elevated the food and made it more individual to highlight its importance.
I enjoyed sketching the things I saw as I think it helped me comprehend what I focused on better and made me think a bit more practically in terms of how to make my own ideas. I collected lots of images which helped me to define different ways of creating packages and how to make it more eye catching as well as helpful. It was interesting to see how some food was separated, some had more of a aesthetic focus that others and focused on making eye catching packaging some was just about the fruit and veg alone without adding any other sell point affects.
23/09/18 FASHION & TEXTILES
Before the start of the fashion and textiles week I did some research before hand of some of the designers stated in the briefs. As a starting point I looked at Vionnet and what influences her and how she uses these form of surroundings in her life to create her work.
Vionnet is inspired by
- the movement of the body
- woman's natural form
- Isadora Duncan
- Greek Art
She famously uses the bias cut to manipulate fabric and experiment with how the dress fits the woman. She often uses twists instead of darts.
Pierre Cardin interweaves architecture with fashion as well as having references to futurism in his work. I thought his work was interesting because some of it completely contradicts the shape and form of the body and if anything it goes completely against it through being almost negative to the structure of the body.
After looking at 'Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion' I thought this was more relatable as some of it reflected more of the surroundings I see in my day to day life and I also liked how designers recycled their work to create certain garments. Similarly to Alexander Mcqueen's Fall Collection in 2009 where he uses plastics and cans often found on the streets and making into something extravagant. I felt like the image below also had a certain architectural element to it which is also intermixing different things we see in our day to day lives in a sculptural form.
Fashion and Textiles 26/09/18
Before developing this project further I wanted to research a bit more into colour theory and how I can improve composition and being more careful when picking colours thinking also about their significance culturally. As I felt like I knew very little a bout colour I felt the book by Tom Fraser and Adam Banks helped me the most. "The complete guide to colour"
Carl Jung “Colours are the mother tongue of the subconscious”
Ewald Hering also states that yellow, which is a combination of red and green, is in fact perceived as an elementary colour, not a reddish green or a greenish red: we are not physically able to visualise such combinations.
Things that I learned from this book is also facts like when we see the colours of a painting we are not looking at the light emitted at those wavelengths but at light reflected from the surface. Which makes the primary colours red green and blue and not red yellow and blue. Leaonardo Da Vinci noticed that certain colours intensified each other. “Contrary colours” known as complementary colours. It was interesting to see how much the background of a colour affected the way it is presented
Complementary Colours / The blue comes across lighter when placed on the black lines
Homing into the use of colour in art, Kandinsky's work is especially notable as his approach to colour was partly rooted in synaesthesia. "For him, musical notes were coloured; other people can name the colours of smells, tastes or days of the week". This is where I thought having textures on the prints would compliment the colours more giving them more character.
"We live our lives in colour. Each one of us perceives colour differently, and how we react to colours might depend on our eyesight, our mood or where we are from. Artists often use colour to explore their thoughts or feelings or their place in the world. Artists in the 20th and 221st centuries have tried to expand the way colour is used, from paint to photography to new materials. "
Martin Parr : 'If I knew how to take a great photo, I’d stop’
I think what is interesting about this quote is that it really highihghts the way Parr approaches photography. He isn't searching for perfection but is exploring this element of surprise and how everyday emotions can be translated in the best way without preparing the scene. It asks the question why would you want to know the outcome, perhaps this makes the process boring? Or simply we get to know the character behind the lense better when we don't prepare the shot. Parr lets mistakes happen and this is what makes his work ambiguous for the viewers own intereptation.
His work was quite shocking due to how sacrificial this piece of work was. Some may call spending a lot of time on a piece of art a form of sacrifice however here not only time but also all his belongings
Midway through my personal study, thinking more about the question asked as well as considering the work of Micheal Landy, I became interested in how would people feel if that part of them was taken away and perhaps what would they use to replace it? Thinking back also to Martins Parr's collection "We are what we eat" I thought this phrase resonated also with this collection "We are what we wear" form one single object you can tell so much about one person, from what they have experienced in life, what scares them, what makes them happy to who they love and where they were raised. Just like food these objects are some of the building blocks to our identity and what would happen if that was taken away.
Landy destroyed some of his artists archives also which he found the most difficult. That would also be interesting to explore.
In hindsight I wish I had done more research in the time we got given in the class rather than trying to gather information from my own brain which didn't have enough knowledge about this subject rather than my own opinion and experience. Doing more research on this has given me ideas that require more answers from the people I have interviewed.
Interview with Michael Landy
I think the fact that the outcome could literally be anything really overwhelmed me as well because previously in this sort of subject area I always homed in on painting, drawing (traditional) as well as sculpture, however with the data I had collected and the time that I had I really didn't know where to take it.
Response To Annette's work
Thinking about the objects on their own more I started to think about the work of Annette. Looking at her work is such a mixture of feeling as it's presenting a bird at it's most vulnerable stage which is so unusual. It isn't flying and free but completely still without a single movement and it is a rarity and has quite a sombre tone to it to see a bird that represents freedom and lightness, this way. At the same time having the jumpers make it seem so adorable and cute which is actually the opposite of what you're meant to feel. It almost gives every bird its own character again now it can't express itself. She has sown them all so individually to fit only them exactly. It wouldn't fit any other bird this way. In my collection, this made me think about the objects and their relationships with the individual. The individual actually voices the object. Without the individual the object would be nothing, it wouldn't have any meaning behind other than such as the history of the object and it's original use from when it was originally made. Such as the 'safety pin' which was invented by Walter Hunt in 1849 in order to pay off his friend a $15 debt!
Fashion-wise later the pin was popularised through being used to keep together worn clothing in punk culture by teenagers of their bands merchandise. Phoebe loves punk fashion and this is a small element that represents who she is. All the way from 1849 to 2018 this pin once invented by Hunt is something that now represents a segment of a young woman's identity. It would be interesting to perhaps even make a collection of images of people wearing pins as this is something you come across quite often, however often means something different to each person. Pins also represent a superstitious belief of keeping any bad luck away.
GRAPHIC DESIGN 07/10
Alex Prager, Silver Lake Drive,
Prager's decision to delve into the creative world was after looking at the work of William Egglseworth. Before hand she never associated photography with art. Each of her images is packed with a multitude of emotional layers and narrative possibilities. For her Silver Lake Drive exhibition she presents photographs where she stages the subjects, heavily saturated colours through make up and use of camera. From
This is also the first time I came across William Egglesworth. "Martin Parr, Nan Goldin and Jeff Wall would not have been granted the permission to be themselves without Eggleston's example." - Michael Glover. His photography is so intricate and the relationship between him and his camera is apparent through the way the way the quality of his camera adaapts to the colours. Similarity in both of these photographs is that colour is central to their work in one of the things that gives it character as well as composition.
I love that this photograph is almost interactive. The light blue first is seen in two places until you look at rusty houses and see the same colours coming through too. After looking for longer it is almost likest the sky begins to dominate over the blue's and at the same time you find details where the colour is reflected on other objects. There is always the obvious and then the reason why Egglesworth chose to take this picture and that's what makes you stop and search for these details.
Fashion Communication 08/10
At the end of this project I felt quite list with the concept as I had already made work in panic just by doing and thinking rather than planning and doing. I think the part that raised the most questions when looking at the images was the veil due to it being the factor that concealed the identity. It is up to the viewer to decide what they are what is their past.
Significane of the Veil
Ann Demeulemeester: I looked at this designer because the veil over the face is something that I have seen appear often in trends and magazine's and was wondering whether as well as having straight forward significance of being used in funerals and weddings, if it had any specific symbolism. I though that searching into this would also help me to find the core for the content for this photoshoot. I thought the veil was something quite significant and raw in the photos that we had made due to it being the object that distorts the identity of the subject. I came across Demeulemeester's most recent spring collection where the veil was recurring on each model. I found that the significance of the veil here is the story behind an unknown teenager who drowned in Paris. She was known for her unearthly beauty therefore the death mask became an iconic representation of her life and beauty. "Her smile in particular drew comparisons to a Mona Lisa of the 20th centrury" - Tina Isaac-Goize.
At the same this also came back to some of the traditional uses of the veil in a sombre setting when mourning one's death in remembrance. At the same time it is much less subtle than this. What makes this show quite powerful is the way the veil is put on the model almost like a plastic bag, representing this drowning and feeling of suffocation and the moment that this identity that has always been associated with beauty is no longer alive but still.
Fashion Communication in the world
Following UWE fashion communication page on Instagram I find often students really focus on the motions of the everyday and contrast the beauty and color in that to make us relate to this aspect of our lives. For example student Anna Mitchell created a collection of images named 'Adolescence' which has an almost nostalgic feel to it due to the nature its captured. Again using fashion to communicate this narrative which even though we don't know much about we can still relate to it. Again thinking about the content for the collected data during this one day project I started thinking about what feelings did the images taken evoke for me. I honestly struggled to come up with a concept but that in itself gave me an idea of when you look at something and don't know what it is about. When we look at an art work and don't know what it could be about. It gives us space to make it personal and at the same time perhaps get frustrated at what the artist was really thinking when creating this work. Here I didn't have an answer to this question. When I looked at the photographs it created more questions than answers.
MoRe QuEsTiOnS than AnSwErS,
questions > answers,
QUESTIONS - answers
Anna Mitchell's photography
END OF PROJECT
"The experience of an individual is always my point of departure. But during the process of making my work, I must maintain a distance in order to leave that person intact, untouched" -Doris Salcedo I liked this quote because it helped me to create the right way to approach questions in this conversation as well as adapt the text to which doesn't alter the individual's perspective.
Celebration of death happens in a few cultures such as Mexico known widely as "The Day of the Dead" often confused as being like Halloween, people in the course of two days take this time to celebrate, sing and set up joyous occasions in honour and respect of their dead relatives.
An iconic figure that is imitated on the faces of people and which is the root of the setting and aesthetics of this day is La Calavera Catrina. She is often illustrated as a young and slim woman reflection life of wealth however in the after life. The image and the woman in death goes back to the ancient Aztec period I love the quote by David De La Torre - "Catrina has come to symbolize not only El Día de los Muertos and the Mexican willingness to laugh at death itself, but originally catrina was an elegant or well-dressed woman, so it refers to rich people. Death brings this neutralizing force; everyone is equal in the end. Sometimes people have to be reminded."
I found this a really powerful message that it's not really about how you look and what you get during lifetime but what it is that you have done and how you have reached out to other people that has made their lives better or even by encouraging someone. Again this is something that helped me to incorporate death, life being set in the same setting pf celebration. When people are celebrating death it takes away fear and that is what made me look into tis project.