ART + DESIGN
FUNNY OR FACADE
Funny or Façade draws visual inspiration from Russian style
propaganda posters, apparent in its use of bold line and color. Conceptually however, it’s related to the work of Yue Minjun. Minjun's use of sarcastic over exaggerated laughter made me consider reasons people laugh, apart from feeling joy. I discovered that people often laugh to hide other emotions such as anger and awkwardness. I utilized different colors in the backgrounds to represent these emotions. The white lines radiating from subject’s core represent the emotion that seeps through the façade, revealing itself for what it truly is.
For a college class, I was instructed to create a self-portrait inspired by one of the five artists we'd learned about in the weeks prior.
Process: I chose to create a
self-portrait, Dada style. It was a challenging project for me because, to be truly Dada-inspired, I had to give up control. So, instead of choosing the elements myself, I used social media to ask good
friends and acquaintances alike, for a word to describe me. Then, I compiled the list into items, which
I used to create the collaged portrait (left). It was also featured in Homage, a group show at the Harrison Center in June 2013.
WHO'S THE FAIREST?
This piece was based on the Grimm fairytale version of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,
where Snow ends up eating a poison heart and lungs, rather than an apple.
Process: This piece was inspired by Saul Bass. Because of his grim style, I found it fitting. However,
I added a sleek minimal twist to reflect my own style. For the color palate, I chose the iconic Disney Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs colors: navy blue, red, and yellow.
I chose this palate to evoke the children's movie, drawing parallels and comparisons between the two stories.
After completing Funny or Facade,
I found myself intrigued by laughter. So for this package design project, I decided to package laughter, in the form of jokes, puns and funny memes relating to certain ways life tends to get hard. For example, daily stress,
break-ups, embarrassment, or just a plain ole' bad day. There's also a bag for daily encouragement.