A helpful piece of advice from Tony: No one knows you better than yourself. No one has lived your life. Don’t be afraid to use that.
Last week Joel explored the “I” for his Friday assignment. It was large, it was strong, and it was comprised of feeling. Feeling is something that factors in when I am creating a piece. I decide what general emotion I would like the audience to feel when they see the piece. That specific emotion influences color choice, composition, subject matter, ect.. Joel did something different. He used feelings that HE possessed to create a piece. It was personal. He was not detached from his design. His name was the same size as all the other words.
I realized something last week—I have not done this AT ALL while designing for this class. The personal work I create in this way has been seen by few, if anyone at all. It stays hidden away from the public and has unintentionally created a division in me. There is a difference in my mind.
I felt like there is a time to work this way and there is a time to work in an alternate fashion. It has been so long since I worked this way that I did not even notice I wasn’t doing it anymore. I only knew that, to me, my pieces have been lacking something, and perhaps feeling is it. There have been quite a few students that come in on Friday with pieces that make the class silent. They are drenched in emotion. They are close to the artist’s heart. We need time to ponder them—to analyze them.
I believe the difference in using feeling as a tool to create—to help shape a piece— and creating a piece that depicts a feeling lies in the fact the audience adopts the artist’s emotions as their own. The artist is no longer the person that created the art. The art IS the artist. And the art engages the viewer in a stronger way. This has been seen in our Friday critiques. Joel’s, Darya’s, Sarah’s pieces to name a few. Can you remember the discussion we had about these pieces?
So, maybe there is an appropriate time to approach a design idea this way. Maybe designs and designing feeling don’t have to be two different things. What do you think? How do feelings factor in when you design? What are your opinions on the matter? Is it time to incorporate yourself back into your work?