This is a tribute to the environment.
Finally, after years of contemplation, I have enrolled in AP Environmental, a class I was looking forward since freshman year.
Although I receive poor grades in that class, I love learning about what's all around us and understanding all the ways that we can improve as a universe both for the Earth itself and for the future of our generations.
This piece actually starts from right to left with no particular reason.
I actually started to doodle with ink last year during the 10 works 2 weeks project. Wait, wait. Let's go further back.
So, 10th grade, I had a sketchbook that was almost filled. I wanted to draw, but there wasn't any space. So I took a random painted page and started to doodle onto the paper. I love doodling, as so do many other artists (;
Going off a tangent, here's my experience on doodles. Every time I doodle, I would do it on a math paper or a science notes paper during lectures. Because of my slight OCD and fear of being judged, I always erased my doodles on any kind of notes that pertain to anything academic. It was a waste, now that I look back at it, to just let those precious doodles go. I believe that you can learn so much about a person just by the way they doodle and the subject matter in their drawings.
Anyway, this doodling on my sketchbook evidently lead to actually putting it on paper and on actual artwork pieces that I was to present to the class.
When I was presenting my pieces, one person mentioned, "your doodles are a bit...'childish'." And I can tell you now, that I will never forget this. We tend to forget the positives and the great things in life, but we tend to remember and ingrain in our brains the negatives and the criticism. Pain is deeper and more memorable than bliss and happiness. I can say that I was upset with what this person had to say, but at the same time, I thank them for the fact that I was able to take my "doodles" to a whole new level. I still hate that person.
The Piece Itself
As I said before, this talks about the environment and its essence as a whole in our current society. Beginning from the corners of the work, the small bump doodles started out from a different piece beforehand that played into this. I didn't mean for it to become an environmental piece, but after a while, there came across a forest with a lone deer in the midst of all the trees. At the top of the forest is an apple, just to show the different dimensions defined by the diagonal lines separating the apple from its core which will be played off at the end.
Moving on, as we follow the deer's pov, there is a sign that says "DEAD" with a skull next to it. (BTW, I messed up so you can't really see it very well...it said "READ" at first.)
We move onto the society, where darkness wraps around it. The faucet represents the hypocrisy in our society, where we destroy in order to revive. Why should we destroy something in order to protect it when we can leave it alone in the first place? The syringe represent the poison that we inject into our Earth, killing it from the inside-out. The circles at the left corner of the Earth show deterioration, such as a plague or a disease. In the "North Pole", there is a silhouette of a polar bear which is being affected by the pollutants emitted behind it. Below the "disease", there is a high window and a low doorway representing freedom. The person in the high window is Rapunzel where it metaphors the way we are entrapping the environment from its freedom. Next, the dead deer is the one translated from the forest where its "soul" is cursing our society, bringing an omen to the human world.
The hand that extrudes out of Earth represents the "god" that we believe in, only it is in the wrong form. It is controlling our soldiers to show that we are asking "god" for help to fight humanity against humanity. The cut string shows the death and the "freedom" of the soldier, finally being the leader of his own destiny, however, only achieving it through death. This scene shows war, obviously, and the horrors to it. The "traitor" that is doing the killing stands next to a huge explosion showing "The End". (My mom helped me with this section in choosing what I should do next.) It is represented by a snake (helped by another teacher at the prep school) in which it is cleansing us of our sins, ridding us of the evil that is tainted in our society. The snake at the top swallows the tanks, our "inventions of evil."
This translates onto a state of calmness, represented by the short feeling of emptiness and starting anew. (There was limited amount of paper so I couldn't put a big chunk of tranquility where I wanted to really emphasize the peace.) At the top is mother nature where the dimensions finally come into play. She is only an "idea", only an image in our minds. This shows that she had come out from her barriers and from our imagination to help us, the little seedling at the bottom where she is nurturing it with a single drop of water. I really wanted to make her seem like a realistic being because I questioned putting "anime-like" figures or even people into the drawing. I wasn't fully happy with the way it turned out, but at least I got my message around!
Next to her is night to show an even more tranquil state and that everything is "normal" and back to the way it was before. The trees and the deer are back, however, much stronger looking and much much more bigger. They represent the phrase "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger," a quote I have come to understand more and more each time I hear it. Bu the most influential person that touched me with this quote was my piano teacher where she told me to never give up no matter what hits you, that's if, when you're not dead yet.
At first, I did this drawing free-handed without any planning beforehand. However, sadly, I stopped when the teacher at the prep school told me that I should continue by drawing with pencil underneath before drawing in pen. This gave me a jolt of fear and started to doubt myself. From the point of the hand, I started to draw with pencil, losing the PURE essence of this piece. Still, I'm glad that this turned out very well.
I'm so glad that I put this out from my chest. This piece I can say is not only a tribute to the environment but to any emotional attachment I may hold. It's amazing how many people touched this piece through ideas and brainstorming. I hope to bring more ideas to the table (to the committee in my head) and even try to create a piece that "makes me really happy" and "makes me unhappy." (FLOPPIN' FORESHADOW RIGHT HERE)