I completed the project earlier tonight, although the piece had been finished last week, I still needed to take some decent photos, and also opted to take some video footage. I set the mask up in my studio, hooking it to a white canvas board in which I had made a small hole to allow me to thread a string of lights inside the mask.
I was trying to capture the mask from various angles.
I think that illuminating the piece has been a positive contribution both aesthetically and conceptually. The light coming from within the mask suggests bioluminescence, which is the ability to produce and give off light, an attribute which is a characteristic of many deep sea inhabitants, and can be used as camouflage, communication, or as sexual attraction.
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The polymer threads which hang from within the mask, and dangle down below it could represent tendrils from a jellyfish. If I had more time, I would like to explore the use of shadow, as I have noticed the shadows cast from the threads and think that these could have been exploited further.
In the video clip, the light could also act as a metaphor for the enlightenment of (some of) the human race to the harsh reality of how we are affecting our environment; the darkness, on the other hand, could represent death, blindness or ignorance to how our actions impact on the earth.
I feel that the way that the mask glows intermittently almost gives the viewer a sense of the mask breathing slowly, or possibly having some life contained within it.
View my short video at the link below:
We were asked by Angela to pose two questions to the rest of the group regarding our work. My questions are as follows:
- What are your initial thoughts on the aesthetics of the piece, and how do they change once the piece is illuminated?
- Do you think the materials that have been used convey a concept behind the piece?
I’ve uploaded my work to the G Drive folder, and await comments from the rest of the group. So far, the work I have seen from others has been really interesting and varied; photography, mixed media and installation. I’m looking forward to seeing work from the rest of the group and hopefully receiving some feedback from them on Monday evening.