How Visual Elements are Able to Speak About Emotions and Movements? Paint to Express Feelings in Reflection of Human Caused Environmental Impacts
Cheng, Xiangzhi (Sherry)
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"My Senior Individualized Project is a studio art painting project conducted under the Department of Art and Art history. The idea of my project changed from admiration of wild animals to the exploration of how visual elements can reveal conflicting environmental relationships between humans and wild carnivores. Large carnivores have been seen as the spirit of powerful nature in the old days, while nowadays massive human activities are invading their habitations and even threatening the existence. Research includes both creative literatures writing as well as ethnographic science research. Exploration on painting techniques and creation of my own expressions to illustrate movements and feelings are part of my process. The style may fall into expressionism. The designed painting methods are effective to use abundant colors for demonstrating actions, movement, various feelings and atmosphere without describing physical forms of subject matters. The series contains 6 large paintings. Sizes include 36 x 36 inches, 24 x 48 inches, 30 x 40 inches, and 17 exercise drafts of 10 x 8 inches each. Materials are acrylic paint on stretched canvas."