Artist StatementTo me art is any idea being made into something real. I want to make art that people will look at and appreciate. I want people to look at my art and have new perspective on things. To me art is a way to express yourself and make a difference. This semester we learned about an artist named Banksy. Banksy flies way under the radar and pretty much doesn't give a crap about the law. I admire Banksy and his work because his work isn't just vandalism, he's sending a message that really opens everyones eyes when they see it. Banksy inspires me to try and make a difference with my work. Now this year i didn't get much of a chance to really send many messages with my work but it's only freshman year. My goal is to go into photography and hopefully taking pictures that capture the positives in the world and that send a message to the people who view my photos.
When I'm making something in art, I start with ideas that represent me as a person or ideas that I can relate to. This year our teachers told us what materials to use or gave us a theme or topic our art had to be about. For example, our paper projects in Mrs. Hahn's class had to be about social justice. For this project I decided to do a message on bullying. In this project I emphasized the words "word hurt" by making them red against the black and white paper and background. by doing this i was hoping the words would pop to the viewer and they would think more about how their words can impact a persons life. When I'm drawing or painting in my free time I create my art based on what has been on my mind lately. Sometimes its drawing a sibling or influential person in my life or simply just sketches i come up with. I take a lot of pictures and this summer i plan on doing a photo projection self image.
I went into 2D art this year thinking i wasn't very good or creative but that class actually showed me what i could do through art and I love it now. 3D art was definately not one of my strengths but I really enjoyed being able to put more of my voice into my art work. My favorite pieces i did this year was my slab portrait in 3D art and the self portrait in 2D art. For both of those projects we were free to represent ourselves anyway we liked and I loved that. I think its very important that we do art work that reminds us of ourselves. I don't necessarily think my art skills have gotten a lot better but I think that I now think more creatively and I have more ideas in my head than I did before 2D and 3D art. I think that the most challenging part about being an artist is sometimes not being able to put your ideas into real work. I feel like my projects this year were pretty successful for the most part. I had good projects and very bad projects but i think those projects helped me discover what kind of art I'm really into and help me grow as an artist. My strengths this year have been my 2D art skills and my ideas and creativity in 3D art.As i said before Banksy actually has influenced me a lot to make a difference and send a message to my viewers, maybe just not in the same illegal way he does. (;