2017 Student #6
Ap Studio Art: 2D PORTFOLIO
What is the central idea of your concentration?
My concentration is a focus on the story of an item. I developed this idea when I found a white shirt with a name tag labelled “Eugene Gundrum”. I began to created pieces to illustrate a fictionalized story based on limited information I found through online research of this object’s owner and the how this story linked our two individual stories together. I found it interesting that this object could create a link between two generations, and it had its own history through the years.
How does the work in your concentration demonstrate the exploration of your idea? You may refer to specific images as examples.
I used a timeline to structure my concentration. Pieces 1-3 focused on the research aspect of how I found Eugene. I began on facebook and found two Eugene Gundrums. I concluded that the shirt was owned by one of them because of location where I bought it. He had died less than a month prior to my purchase. I then began to look up the historical records and general information about how this shirt came into being. As I learned more about Eugene, my perception of his history began to form. Pieces 4-9 focus on the story I began to form for Eugene and how I saw many aspects of my own life within the narrative I formed for him. I chose to focus on some aspects that were interchangeable between our lives. I realized that his story could be the same as mine if I just focused on familial relationships or setting. I often chose my medium to depict a certain look from an era or to emulate something that would have existed in the time period of its creation. As the timeline of my work progressed, the look and medium I used became more contemporary. Works 10-12 began to show how this the story of the shirt does not just end at Eugene. I kept in mind the fact that the people were not the main focus of this story, but the shirt itself was the main character. Eugene and I are hand-me-downs in this shirt’s timeline.