The primary purpose for Assignment 2 was to create a world of color from a collage. Mine was rather different from my peers. Instead of cutting out images from a magazine, I worked with two images from my camera roll that I took in Punta Cana: a plain blue wall and seaweed washed up on shore.
This difference translated into something abstract on my canvases. I took the two images and combined their energy — a cool calmness from the wall and an irregular motion from the placement of the algae washed up on the shore. When I presented my piece to the class, the first response was compelling. “There is an intelligence in the piece,” a student said. The stillness within me turned into something vital. I was pleased that others resonated with my authenticity and uniqueness.
“There is an intelligence in the piece.”
Following this comment, we further talked about my piece. I became more aware of some dynamics I did not previously recognize. The first point my peers reflected on was the common theme between the two canvases (despite their “disconnection”). Congruency was my intention, though I did not place as much attention on it as did the class. They also highlighted the connection of the imbalance in the relationship of the color of elements. Although 90% of the canvas is blue, the intense array of other colors remains consistent with the theme. And, within these colors lays different energies with my gesture. There are two moments in the same area that reconcile with each other, keeping everything going around.
It is interesting to hear these points of views — how others can make you more aware of your work, and make you think a little deeper about why you placed particular strokes in certain places. I would say that this painting is very different from the rest of mine, but maybe it is the start of something new. Perhaps I am more connected to my space. I admit, I did enjoy creating this piece, and felt a sway of tranquillity. I felt and moved with it.