Author:Reporter: Feed back, Metaphor and ideas development

After receiving some very helpful, useful feedback on the project and my ideas that I’ve gathered up so far, I found myself going back a step and rethinking my ideas. I thought about making one huge collage from many photo copies of just one narrative. While this idea was interesting at first, I felt that I was going no where with it. I had to consider the scale of my images, developments and how I was going to present them a little more.

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Above, are a few of the photos of the A2 sized collage, which was simply torn up pieces of the photocopied collages used for the line ” and re-assembled on the table.

I know that now is probably not the best time to be thinking about final outcomes for the narrative, but as I continued to play around with ‘The polar bears were dirty and yellow’ and trying out the suggestions which Susanna kindly suggested; I tried making a prototype 3D model of a cage and quickly drew out a polar bear.

I trapped the bear, but as I started to photograph the cage, I noticed that the model was portraying this feeling of being forced, or trapped. There was very little space for the bear to move about in and I start to consider with just that, perhaps the polar bears in the Zoo felt like this? maybe they had limitation? to put emphasis on the words ‘dirty’ and ‘yellow’, I’m planning on developing this idea further with working with clay and compost to try and really exaggerate this idea.

Overall, I strongly believe that I need to constantly keep looking back and forth from my chosen narratives and start pulling apart the meanings behind it and linking it back to the imagery, as the image needs to show its relationship with the text. In my opinion, I think I need to start playing around with text and the concept in depth more.


Author: Collage workshop 2.

I wasn’t in for the workshop, but I eventually got around to checking out the brief and developing some more ideas, but for a new narrative piece: ‘The polar bears are yellow and dirty’.  This was taken once again from the extract about South Hampton’s zoo.

I didn’t know what to think about the text at first, besides the subject of abuse towards the animals, though, I started to pull out the words ‘yellow’ and ‘dirty’; those two words are strong among this sentence because it helps to give a clear visual on what the scene is like and how the bears looked like etc.

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Artist/Designer Highlight: Alexis Anne Mackenzie

Alexis Anne Mackenzie uses collages to create surreal pieces that have this sense of herritage to them. I’ll give you a few examples of her work, and then get on to talking about them:

3572-82385 This piece (on the left) conserves a touch of unusuality to it, with how the collage has a layering of elegant female heads, then having what appears to be twigs coming out of their eyes. It’s quite bizzare.  When observing it closer, it appears to me that it could probably be formed so it looks like a very odd sea creature.



The typography is what drew more to her style, whereas the collage is another great trait she carries through in her work.  Each set of letters takes advantage of the shape, style and look of the object to worm the letter.



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