Title

Naturally Unnatural

Lead Author Major

Graphic Design and Studio Art

Lead Author Status

5th year Senior

Format

Senior Art and Design Exhibition

Faculty Mentor Name

Jennifer Little

Faculty Mentor Email

jlittle@pacific.edu

Faculty Mentor Department

Art & Graphic Design

Abstract/Artist Statement

For this series, I have created photo collages that show abstract colorful nature scenes. Previously, I did a series in black and white, and in those collages, I explored the dynamics of light and shadows. Using layering, I was able to get the most contrast and range in tonal values. In this series, there are natural components like plants and there are unnatural man–made elements, hence the label “Naturally Unnatural”. Four to six photos are layered in each photo collage, making a complex composition. Using layering, a process of putting photographs on top of each other with different layer masks, I created a new image that doesn’t reveal much about the originals. I draw inspiration from photographers like Man Ray who worked with abstract photographs. There is a therapeutic experience for me in the process of finding the balance among color, values and form. I printed these on large 24” by 36” matte paper to show the details. I really enjoyed making these collages by going through the process whether it was taking photos or layering and enhancing the colors to create a cohesive and balanced outcome.

Location

Reynolds Gallery

Start Date

23-4-2017 6:00 PM

End Date

12-5-2017 6:00 PM

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Apr 23rd, 6:00 PM May 12th, 6:00 PM

Naturally Unnatural

Reynolds Gallery

For this series, I have created photo collages that show abstract colorful nature scenes. Previously, I did a series in black and white, and in those collages, I explored the dynamics of light and shadows. Using layering, I was able to get the most contrast and range in tonal values. In this series, there are natural components like plants and there are unnatural man–made elements, hence the label “Naturally Unnatural”. Four to six photos are layered in each photo collage, making a complex composition. Using layering, a process of putting photographs on top of each other with different layer masks, I created a new image that doesn’t reveal much about the originals. I draw inspiration from photographers like Man Ray who worked with abstract photographs. There is a therapeutic experience for me in the process of finding the balance among color, values and form. I printed these on large 24” by 36” matte paper to show the details. I really enjoyed making these collages by going through the process whether it was taking photos or layering and enhancing the colors to create a cohesive and balanced outcome.