This section includes projects that are more Photoshop, Video Editing, or Slideshow based.
This project was for my final paper for my Experimental Poetry class at Acadia University. For this project, we had to demonstrate what we had learned in any way we wanted to. I opted for creating artwork through photoshop. Each photo below represents an art 'ism. (Dadaism, Futurism, Cubism, Imagism and Surrealism) Each movement has a photograph that is followed by a brief explanation about the movement and how this photograph relates to the movement.
For my Cubism piece, I wanted to show the rise of technology in relation to the self. In his essay, The Moment of Cubism, Berger talks about our “interlocking world”, and how the beginning of new technology/ beginning of mass production creates a world where we are all more connected than before, and not always for good. I found a direct correlation between this and our new emerging technology. (Aka cellphones and laptops). Although technology has given us more connection to the outside world, it does have some cons. Some of these are related to the need to have 'likes', and 'follows', and if you do not feel as though you have enough your confidence may suffer.
For Surrealism, I wanted to capture the ‘dream’ elements that Andre Breton mentions in his Manifesto of Surrealism. In this Manifesto, Breton mentions that our rationalism of facts and experience seems like a “a cage from …. under the pretense of civilization and progress, we have managed to banish from the mind everything that may rightly or wrongly be termed superstition, or fancy; is any kind of search for truth which is not in conformance with accepted practices”.
I wanted to capture this by incorporating thought, a self-portrait, and some sort of dream state. For this piece, after taking the initial photo, I photoshopped my head split in half. This represents the thoughts that Breton talks about throughout the manifesto. I also wanted this to represent the experiences and facts that he mentioned, using this piece of it to show that my brain is open to my experiences of the world around me. The landscape being a ‘dreamlike’ state, assists with me being able to demonstrate that my brain is ‘more open’ when dreaming. A concept that Breton insists, tying into the belief that the subconscious dream brain is superior as it allows us to think freely without predispositions. I opted for the blindfold (or t-shirt in this case) not only because it was easier to photoshop it this way, but it can represent the darkness you see when you sleep. The butterflies and clock image were also used due to imagist art having patterns of clocks and butterflies.