I started this project with what I thought were exactly one hundred percent set intentions, and for the first time ever I feel like I am able to say that this has been an actual journey; an eduacational journey of discovery, consistent development, and more importantly, a ‘process’ in which I have built upon and strengthened my body of work over the course of this academic year.
As explained in my original statement of intent and then my proposal, and be it extremely broad to say at first, my point was to study and dwell upon the significance of our existence - my only original boundary being that it would be from a personal, more philosophical perspective. This was still quite broad, yet encouraged me to be quite proactive even if only in my thinking and research, and not as much through the making of work. With the concept being so broad, it was also very engaging and left a lot of room for creativity in visual communication through my ideas of symbolism etc.
After working to only those guide lines for a little while, the constrictions I decided to add where of the sectionising of my concept; I put my philosophical beliefs into four major sub-chapters. These sub-chapters are what I feel to be the most important outline to our significance: Feel, Create, Wonder/Question, Experience/Discover.
Feel being a depiction of emotion, Create portraying everything surrounding reproduction and the creation or even ending of life, Wonder/Question targetting a visually communicative sub-series on dwelling on extra torrestrial signs of life and then question being what it is to Question the concept of God, and lastly, Experience/Discover aiming at putting across how important I feel Experiencing true joy and discovering our Earth and habitat is to our being.
This was all to be portrayed under another guide line being my usual style of what I feel is quite romanticised, contemporary, bleak, minimalistic, ambiguous fine-art picture making.
Moving through the project, this was working very well for me and the work was being made very slowly but quite surely. However I started to get extremely inspired by my dissertation, as I was basing this on a theory of ‘the sublime’, which when thinking about aesthetical judgement, very much applied to my work.