Final Pieces
Series of works on canvas

Title: Conscious Affect
Materials: Charcoal and Acrylic
(manipulated on Photoshop
)


I completed a series of images that combined my paintings and drawings using photoshop, which would potentially be displayed on canvas. Throughout the research of this assignment I became interested in thought and emotion and just how much of the state of your mind determines your character and actions. There was one great quote I came across during my research: “Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habit. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.”

I became fascinated with this idea and how it plays with emotion and it led me to understand that emotion in any form seeds from thought. So for my artworks I wanted to communicate the idea of feeling and arouse a sense of emotion in the audience with the bold use of colour and highly contrasted tones to embody a sense of emotional energy. The use of eyes, hands, and lips I had drawn interwoven within the abstract paintings is to portray expressional forms of the body in a protective manner to comment on how much our society masks feeling. The repetition of the eyes is a confronting focal point of my works and I intentionally wanted to show how the eye is universally known as the window into people’s true emotional thoughts. The canvases also needed to be chaotic with harsh brushstrokes and heavily marked sketch lines to really express emotion as a kinaesthetic energy form. With the use of hands seemingly sheltering the eyes and mouth I wanted to further emphasis the importance of the aforementioned quote, because thoughts and words heavily determine how you feel and express yourself. In summation, my artwork embodies the quote and also references that thought and words are the roots of the convoluted tree that is emotion.

thought I’d compile some clips of me painting my abstract paintings that will appear in my final work. I listened to some pretty moody music while painting these in hope that it would be conveyed through my brushstrokes and use of colour to further tap into expressing emotion

combining abstract painting with drawings I did on photoshop. I like how the hands are the focal point of this image. They are “overlayed” onto the eye drawings to show an attempt of masking emotion  and feeling, but the transluscense of the image depicts how its not always possible to hide feelings. Using eyes is interesting as they are renowned for being the body part that ‘reveals all’…

combining abstract painting with drawings I did on photoshop. I like how the hands are the focal point of this image. They are “overlayed” onto the eye drawings to show an attempt of masking emotion and feeling, but the transluscense of the image depicts how its not always possible to hide feelings. Using eyes is interesting as they are renowned for being the body part that ‘reveals all’…

trying out different colour overlays on photoshop of the eye I painted. I wanted to see how each has a different feel if the tonal value is manipulated. In order to convey my concept better I am thinking I may do just a series of these with different colour combinations repeated multiple times in a grid layout. Im thinking the grid layout will be how emotional stability is enforced within our culture- meaning we all put up a pretentious front to hide our emotions. However the range of diverse colours would reprsent different emotional energies and how each individual has the capacity to experience a wide variety of emotions yet still show no sign of inner turmoil..
I also like that this eye draws the viewer in and it quite confronting.

Reflection about choice of materials

Most contemporary artworks utilise technology, whether it be the new capabilities of computer software or the developed tools that enable these works. For example, you wouldn’t find a digital work in the 17th century as painting and drawing were the predominant works. Therefore, technological advancement has had an impact on the way we express our ideas and how the audience interprets the works. It is important then to identify that all materials and mediums have a cultural currency. 

Since our culture is heavily immersed in technology I wanted to produce an artwork using more traditional methods as you don’t see a lot of it these days. I have decided to approach this assessment with the idea of doing a collection of drawings or paintings. I don’t know what it will be of yet, but I am just going to see where my experimentation takes me.