For this assignment I wanted to choose an object that people generally did not recognize and that told a story, hence me choosing what is dubbed a “tugger” (a non-surgical means of reversing circumcision).
The following are my reference image and sketches, as well as the linework in my hard ground:
Being entirely new to steel plates, I found it incredibly difficult to achieve light plate tones this week and will be working on that before beginning my aquatint. Images attached below of the full prints as well as a detail shot of linework:
For the theme “A Disturbing Reality” I have chosen to depict infectious diseases, as I find it incredibly unsettling that microscopic beings (or organic material, in the case of viruses) are capable of killing humans by the thousands.
My sketches were as follows:
The following are a few process shots of my second print (ebola); this was where I began to truly grasp the ink and mineral spirits and using them effectively.
The final prints are below:
In hindsight there are a few miniscule mistakes, whether it be bleeding on a border or losing tonal variety in transfer, which degrade the visual appeal of my pieces as a whole. I am very proud of the Ebola and Cholera prints, and least pleased with the HIV and Smallpox prints as they lost much of the darkest darks due to too much mineral spirit use.
Below are my notes for the media outlets that we have to present our ritual through, I prefer them scratchy and messy to typed and uniform. The latter gives me the feeling of being in a cubicle and I’m not about that.
Additionally, here is an draft-iteration of one-layer of my 4 layer ear painting and a video of its process
For the sake of a professor reviewing the documentation I’ve time lapsed it. (Don’t worry, this will not be happening with any final product videos)
I was also playing with the idea of photoshopping ears onto my face, however I now think it may be more interesting to have a diptych of an ear photoshopped/cut out and places onto the genitalia of a female form, and a q tip placed over male genitalia. Side by side polaroid images. Yay or Nay? Plays with the identity of the Q tip as the “penetrator” or stereotypical male figure while the ear is being entered much like the norm of female genitalia.
(these were my source images for photoshopping ears onto my face but I am quite tired of the back of Cohen, and am feeling more inspired by my new diptych idea)
At approximately 11 pm on Friday February 3rd, a horrible crime occurred in the second floor Foundations Studio at Harder Hall of the School of Art and Design at Alfred University. In response to this atrocious act, I set it upon myself to gather evidence of the perpetrators’ presence and movements.
This is a collection of that evidence.
BUTTS BUTTS AND BUTTS
CLOROX PICKS UP ALL
OH JESUS IS THIS BLOOD PLEASE DON’T BE BLOOD
I FOUND THIS TINY NUKE
TOOLS OF DESTRUCTION?
TRACES OF THE VICTIM
SIGNS OF STRUGGLE
METHOD OF RESTRAINT?
This investigation is ongoing and all images/data are reserved in full by the Alfred Foundations Task Force and replication of this information befog the briefing on Monday, February 6th, is punishable to the full extent of Foundations Law.