Animation Link: https://vimeo.com/246952907
This piece is talking about how groundless and based on preconceived notions that discrimination is. In this case, I am talking specifically about racial discrimination.
To represent the issue, I chose to utilize the analogy of a vampire to represent minorities. The factors why this character is being discriminated against come from the establishment in older films (such as the Bela Lugosi version of Dracula) of vampires being a force of defilement or corruption. The supporting figures in this piece recognize this as a part of the vampire’s history and thus look at him with disgust and fear.
Animation link: https://vimeo.com/245978049
I have decided that I am currently dissatisfied with the direction my artwork has taken this past year. Therefore, I am going to change my approach and focus more on portraiture. In doing so, I hope to study the way in which people put on appearances in public versus in private. To inform my decisions, I will keep in mind ideas from two sources in particular (and ideally more later). These sources are the film The Mask You Live In and writing by Devon Schiller, specifically The Filters through which We Live: Representing the Emotional Self in Digital Media.
As we are raised, we are socialized to have particular views on what appropriate ways to act are. For example, men are socialized to hide their emotions and not to show weakness. Rather than conveying their feelings, a mask is put on to give the impression of masculinity and that men are “dominant, in charge, in control” (from The Mask You Live In). In a way, women are held to a similar standard. Women are meant to be seen as weaker and fragile. Strong women are often described as being more masculine, some even called a tomboy. This is especially the case in the workplace for a woman boss. With my portraiture work, I hope to observe this public mask and compare it to the removal of the mask; what people show in private versus what they show to others is part of what I will pursue.
When considering Schiller’s work, a filter can be related to the effect that a mask has. The art of the selfie, for example, is showing a different side of a person than you may see everyday. This is particularly the case in apps that allow you to add digital filters and to modify the image through technology. This editing is again covering up the natural version of the self in favor for one that the individual feels will be more acceptable to the public. WithinThe Filters through which We Live: Representing the Emotional Self in Digital Media, Schiller quotes the following: “… the self as an object to observe, speed, and guide along trajectories as we ‘STEP OUTSIDE ourselves,’ ‘PULL ourselves TOGETHER,’ and ‘get ourselves MOVING.'” In other words, people hide their inner selves and put forth an image that they consider acceptable to the public. Their filtering is removing flaws from site that are both internal and external. With my work next year, I want to examine this hidden self and superimpose that with the filtered self. I want to show both the harmony and disharmony of displaying these two sides of people together.
Director Talk Scene Links
Part 1: https://vimeo.com/242688477
Part 2: https://vimeo.com/242688510
Part 3 will be in the next post.
Inokashira Benzaiten (shrine)
August, 2014 photography
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Artistic Format: Manga
Ao Haru Ride, Sakisaka Io
Dengeki Daisy, Motomi Kyousuke
Love So Life, Kouchi Kaede
Animation Link: https://vimeo.com/239569404