For my independent project I have decided to use video and sculpture/installation for my mediums. I have grown quite fond of video and wish to become more comfortable with it. For my project I want to be able to incorporate many things that I love and are a part of me. I come from the country so nature is a big part of my life, but so is technology, which is why I am using video and transforming natural objects into art works.
For my video projection I had initially want to show a snowy barren landscape, and some forest scenes. unfortunately most of the snow has melted, so I will have to forgo that white palette. I still want a mix of barren empty landscapes, like fields and views from the side of the road, like you were driving by as well as forest scenes, like you were walking through them. I don’t want any music in my video, probably just the sounds of what ever the camera picks up as I film. I want and empty feeling in my video, but not one of isolation, more of a peaceful one. Scenes that are warm, comfy and familiar to us all, that are relaxing and insignificant. I want these to be everyday sort of scenes, from where I come at least. My video is more of the background piece, but still important, for it interacts with the sculpture and brings it to life.
For my sculpture I am using found natural objects. Things I have collected over the years or just have found. They are not all quite natural, like glass but are still not super man-made. I will use objects like wood, vines, rocks, shells, bones, glass, feathers etc. Anything I happen to come across. I am then going to use acrylic paint and paint over top the objects. I do not want the whole object to be covered, just bits and pieces so the natural surface and texture of the object can be seen. The colours I am going to use are either going to be bright pastel colours or ones that come from nature. Perhaps a bit of both, my palettes will come from landscapes, birds and flora of ontario. These objects will then be attached with string and hung from the ceiling in front of the video projection on the wall. The video will also project onto the objects and interact with it as well. They will hopefully move a bit along with the video to create more of a natural feel.
I am taking nature and changing it into an art form, with the video and sculpture I hope to convey feelings that are simply unique to the southern ontario landscape that we all know and familiarize with.