Artist Statement —
In the world of creative arts, the black and white extremes between two dimensional and three dimensional aspects of creativity are gradually diminishing as artists engage in a more holistic, interdisciplinary approach to their work. This aspect of the creative world has inspired me to adopt a similar approach to create artwork and pursue my ambition to become a designer. I want to be a designer because I want to help others while pursuing something creative, practical, and multidisciplinary, putting my brain to work in different directions. Above all, design does not fix my creativity in one certain area. Instead, it nurtures my adaptability by exercising my skills and thoughts to generate an original concept in response to different phenomena. With the chance to create my own AP Art Portfolio, I learned how valuable an interdisciplinary approach to design is for inventing an original concept and creating stylized graphics. I initiated my own style of graphics through integrating abstract psychological concepts, namely Erikson and Piaget’s development theories, into my concentration series to depict the psychological development of youth, as well as bringing depth to digital media by building graphic files into three dimensional structures.
What is the central idea of your concentration?
The central idea of my concentration is to visually interpret the psychological development of youth, namely Erik Erikson and Jean Piaget’s theories of cognitive and psychosocial development, through a graphically illustrated storyline that depicts a young boy’s psychological and seasonal adventure. With the objective to bring depth into digital media, I experimented with paper medium and shadow effect by building graphic illustrations into three dimensionally leveled structures.
How does the work in your concentration demonstrate the exploration of your idea?
My first concentration is illustrated with negative space to depict the psychological concept of ‘blank slate’ - the condition that individuals are born without knowledge or identity. Each concentration piece onwards depicts a stage of psychological development that the character experiences - from curiosity to conformity, and imagination to realism. As the concentration progresses, the character explores a variety of atmospheres through different means of transportation. The series progress with a transitional complementary color scheme to portray a seasonal adventure (3 pieces per season), ranging from minimalistic to complex detailed construction consisting of multiple (4 or more) three-dimensionally mounted layers with various crafting techniques and effects implemented such as framing (#1, 11), backlighting (#4), pop-ups (#7) and cut-outs (#5). The curvature shape of the frame (#1), sky (#2) and river (#3), is reiterated throughout the series in different forms to symbolize a build-on to the character’s existing schemata - a mental framework that gathers information. The curved elements from the beginning slowly diminish and transition into geometric graphics (from #9 onwards), symbolizing the character’s cognitive abstraction and his approach to reality towards the final destination of his journey - the city.