Flattened Architecture



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This project discusses my exploration into depth and space using three-dimensional elements within a two-dimensional surface. Individually drawing different elements from sculptures I have previously created and then scanning them into the computer allows me to create the illusion of three-dimensional space. Through this process I am able to explore the relationship between different elements that lead to a false perception of depth. I am able to work organically with these relatively flat, singular object drawings and though I will present finished works, the focus of my thesis is the processes used. My first process included drawing separate, individual sketches of the sculptural elements of (1) architectural structure, (2) bendable wood, and (3) shadow boxes. By scanning several variations into the computer I was able to layer each element to create a false three-dimensional space. Two series were created, first using architectural sculpture with bendable wood, and the second with shadow boxes and bendable wood. I limited myself to two elements in order to investigate complexity versus simplicity within the pieces. Moreover, I was able to compare the original scanned drawing in relation to its computerized inverse all within a monochromatic scale. The second process involved taking these pieces, placing them individually into one document in a grid format, and then physically drawing on them. Then, I continued to work organically on top of these pieces by assembling a collage of parts from previous digital prints. Working organically to create illusionary space is quite different from the digital realm and I have been confronted with different questions and areas of exploration. My current process involves small scaled digital prints from the first process, photocopying the prints, and then rescanning the photocopied images. They are then placed together from dark to light, or vise versa, into a filmstrip format. Using eight to ten of these filmstrips together, a broader understanding and relationship is developed from lights to darks in addition to the interactions between each piece. Using three simple combined elements, (1) architectural structure, (2) bendable wood, and (3) shadow boxes, to create different types of illusionary space inspires me to explore their relationship to each other within the digital and organic realms. Questions that arose during these various processes have raised inquires into the relationship of depth, space, optical illusion, and its creation on a two-dimensional surface. As an artist, the work that I have previously done for other classes and the lessons each piece has taught me are now coming full circle. Even though it may be similar ideas or processes it is still changing and growing along with me in this road of exploration; the presence of my artistic past is inspiring my artistic future.



Process, Elements, Print, Digital, Architecture