2017 Student #4
Ap Studio Art: 2D PORTFOLIO
What is the central idea of your concentration?
I have worked fifteen years through the art form of dance to find physical shapes and lines you can make with your body. I explored with transferring the lines I found in the dance studio onto paper. I chose figures as the subjects for my pieces and complemented them with geometric shapes and lines. While finding these lines through physical movement I focused on finding the shapes and lines I was creating on the dance floor and translated the patterns onto paper.
How does the work in your concentration demonstrate the exploration of your idea? You may refer to specific images as examples.
As much as I loved the art form of dance I found a hidden love for breaking down the movements into single poses, searching for these shapes and lines that pleased the eye. For the majority of the time I used sharpie and white paper to really concentrate on the process of bringing lines and shapes from dance class into my artwork without necessarily representing a dancer’s world. I started out a simple limited dark palette of black and white but later expanded my palette as the idea of symmetry pondered in my mind. I found halfway through how therapeutic it was to me to intertwine the elements into humanly figures. I pushed myself to explore with materials and colors I was not familiar with. I painted with vibrant colors to provoke the audience and I wanted to represent life in my figures. I began to open up more as an artist with my work by using different materials and different methods of creating shapes such as ketchup and linoleum block printing. In my work with linoleum I made a large piece of solely just the pattern. The pattern I had printed was influenced by my work and floor patterns at ballet. I had the opportunity to open up further as an artist and in my work by deconstructing the large piece into small shapes and incorporated it into my later works.