When I thought about the directive “Success” and the Barbie brand I really think about how much it affects girls and what they feel is successful when looked at through the perspective of society. To be successful you think you have to look a certain way and make a certain amount of money and have the perfect man or any of these things that people believe they need to have achieved expectations. But all of these things are a part of growing as a person, becoming an adult and becoming who you truly are. I decided to take a literal route when I got this far in to thought and took a photo with my 35mm camera of the roots of a plant growing in the water. I developed the film and then the photograph in a darkroom.
So one of the things that came to my mind when I thought about the directive “reflect” was glass. Another thing that I think of when I think of reflecting on like a past event, maybe a little nostalgia, is a nice glass of wine. I took photos of wine glasses after they’d been used and were laying in the sink with my 35mm camera. I then developed the film and then developed the photos in a darkroom. This is one that I liked how it turned out well enough to post it for my project. It relates to the Barbie brand in that when you get nostalgic about your childhood, especially for girls, Barbie dolls come to mind.
success → art → pottery → create → make → final product → appreciate → good → beauty → Barbie
Well for me success is when I do something or create something that I actually like. Here’s a piece of pottery I made that I’m fairly satisfied with that I just finished this week.
So to reflect on all of Project 54 AKA Project 49, here is a video of my friends choreographed dance to “Barbie Girl” by Aqua.
So this piece came a little late because it takes weeks for me to get a single piece of pottery done because I only go to the studio once or twice a week when I don’t have school or work or just too much to do. But here is the final product! I went along with my original brainstorm thoughts of drips like condiments on a sandwich.
This post is pretty late for when the directive was given but I have a lot of individual projects that were much longer term than one week just because of the mediums used and my access to resources. For this post I reflected on my original brainstorm on the directive of “sandwich” and what was really simple but stood out to me is the idea of layers. This doesn’t stray very far from the original topic itself but my effort was really applied in the actual process of making my final product. This began by me simply taking photos with a regular old 35mm camera. I took pictures from nature because they relate to beauty and growth and therefore the Barbie brand. Then I developed these photos and chose which single photograph I wanted to work with. Then I transferred the photo on to a textured paper. This involves coating the image with transfer medium on to the paper and then letting it sit in water for around 20 minutes. Then you remove the paper and peel away the original paper from the photo and let it dry. You can fix the image on to the surface with more transfer medium.