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Sustained Investigation Statement

  1. I explored the different reactions and responses humans experience when in various situations and environments.
  2. While experimenting with the different styles of deformation, abstraction, and scale to portray the human figure, I associated them with a specific environment or background, consisting of geometric and organic shapes or a specific color scheme. The intent of this was to form a mood that would encompass the piece and give more insight into the figure itself, allowing the audience to formulate their own take on the piece. In my second piece (image 3), the bold colors and almost nonchalant posture of my figure were meant to convey the feeling of confidence and composure, set in a plain room with a kinetic figure in a picture frame to create interest and an underlying meaning, also open to interpretation. Later in my investigation, I started making my interpretations less literal and more figurative. In image 7, I illustrated how people look differently in photographs by putting a figure in four different picture frames and connecting them in a way that slightly deforms the figure and appears somewhat awkward. All of these pieces were created with this central idea because I find how people react, change, or morph to their specific situation or surroundings a reflection of who we are as humans and connect us all in a very authentic way.

Score Rationale

  • Throughout the investigation of thetopic, the work shows discovery in the abstraction of the figures (see images 1, 2, 3, 4,and 6). This explorationand discovery areevident in the use of principlessuch as proportion,especially in the hands and feet. Furthermore, informed decision making is evident in the way the figures engage the backgrounds and in the use of thoughtfully considered color schemes.
  • The sustained investigation clearly demonstrates an original vision, with an innovative focus on dynamic figures in various frames. Experimentation with different media and risk-taking are seen in the interactive, kinetic components in images 1, 2, and 4.
  • An evocative, engaging theme—exploring “the different reactions and responses humans experience when in various situations and environments”—is sustained through most of the work.
  • The work shows a thorough understanding and effective application of 2-D design principles. Image 6, for example, shows a sophisticated use of movement and rhythm. The carefully distorted proportions of the human figure fill the compositional space, incorporating asymmetrical balance among the layers of both figurative and nonobjective forms. The work is unified through the repetition of similar shapes and colors. Careful thought has been given to the choices of color, shapes, and values that create effective use of contrast/variety.
  • The work conveys a sense of successful transformation and growth. For instance, image 7 presents a figure that has been broken up into various perspectives, making it unlike the other figures depicted in the portfolio. Each piece in the portfolio shows an attempt to build upon the discoveries made during the process of investigation.
  • In general, the work is technically excellent; materials and media are used effectively to express ideas. Appropriated imagery, cut paper, paint, and stitched marks are used carefully to create distorted and fragmented images. The complex, well-composed collages visually suggest how people react to their specific situation or surroundings. Images 1 through 4 include moving parts that allow the figures to morph from constricted postures within frames to more open and active stances.