Surrealism assignment

27 Jan

I’ll post on the analysis latter.


About ”me”

27 Jan

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Surrealist artists research

27 Jan

Salvador Dali: The Persistence of Memory, 1931

”The Persistence of Memory”, which shows the image of the soft melting pocket watch. In the painting we see the figures which symbolized the sign of time are changed, and the shape of the clocks softened, transformed, and even somewhat liquid-like. I feel the place is so desolate that the time seems to stand still, and the passage of time is showing the implied death. We can kind of get the ideas which Dali suggests that human beings would somehow change or even distort the fact as to keep in their mind forever.

Rene Magritte: The Lovers II(1928)

When I first saw This painting, ”The LoversII”, what came out of my mind was that it is really romantic but sad. The lovers who masked by fabric in the painting is like telling the viewers that: We are brave to love, we could risk our lives for love even it makes us feel suffocated;Even you are beyond recognition, with any incomplete,I will still love you.; We should get buried together when we are dead, so that we will not be alone…  This is such a wonderful piece ,  but the source of inspiration is very sad. Rene’s mother’s body was found with her face covered with a skirt hem , and this scene deeply shocked him and strongly demonstrated in his paintings. The white fabric in the painting represents his shadow of childhood. The expression of the emotions become blurred and unpredictable through the fabric, because it covers the most important expression of the face, it is a contradiction which is like pulling the emotions of warmth and enthusiasm out abruptly.  However, his works really challenges viewers’ preconditioned perceptions of reality.

Joan Miro:  Carnival of Harlequin, 1924

Joan Miro, who painted whimsical and bizarre images in his works.  One of his most famous painting ”Carnival of Harlequin”, describes a scene of brightly coloured organic forms and shapes in a humorous manner. Harlequin is a common theater character who is usually the victim of unrequited love and usually plays the guitar.The creatures in Miro’s paintings appear almost everytime as the cartoons, also takes up the entire canvas so that the viewer won’t keep focus on merely one aspect of the scene. Some of the shapes appear to be floating in the top corners of the space,  like the one on the left side which uses ladders to climb up through the work. The figures in this work shows lively, remarkably vivid, and even the inanimate objects have an eager vitalit.

Artist research

10 Jan

1.Robyn Kahukiwa

Robyn Kahukiwa is a leading Maori artist who was born in Sydney in 1940, and moved back to New Zealand in the late 1950s. Kahukiwa’s paintings are often strongly politcal, they address the ”double oppression of Maori women” by the social structures of the dominant Pakeha culture and the changes in Maori traditions. She paints strong Maori women who can act as role models for the younger generation.

2.Dick Frizzell

Dick Frizzell was born in 1943, and he is the artist based in Hawke’s Bay. His work is best described as expressionist pop in its appropriation(kitsch kiwiana icons) and incorporation of them into his cartoon-like paintings. He often adopts unfashionable painting styles,(and he doesn’t stay in one style.)  Also, he is responsible for the lithograph ‘Mickey to Tiki’, and it becomes the best selling print in New Zealand. It portrays a cartoon ”Mickey Mouse” changing in stages to a ”Tiki”.

3.Weston Frizzell

Weston Frizzell is the  group name of Mike Weston and Otis Frizzell.

4.Norval Morriseau (March 14, 1932 – December 4, 2007)

He was an aboriginal Canadian artist and also known as Copper Thunderbird, people also call him ”Picasso of the North”.
Morrisseau created works depicting the legends of his culture, people and the political tensions between native Canadian and European traditions. His works are full of existential struggles, deep spirituality and mysticism. Also he loves using thick black outlines and bright colours as his own style.

5.Jane Ash Poitras

She is a Cree artist who was born in Fort Chipewyan in northern Alberta in 1951.  Her mother died with tuberculosis when she was six years old , so she was raised by an elderly German-Canadian lady, at a time when ”people did not take too kindly to Indians”  She was raised in the Catholic church(with different cultures and languages). Her works had a strong spiritual component, which facilitated the transition to a Native spirituality in the her adult life. She collects media from newspaper, magazine and books and combine with her cultural painting on canvas, which makes it really unique.

Sandy Skoglund assignment(2

9 Jan



Sandy Skoglund assignment

25 Oct

Who is Sandy Skoglund?

Sandy Skoglund, an American photographer and installation artist who was born in 1946 in Quincy, Massachusetts. She creates surrealist images by building some meticulous static scene, including human, animals and objects, furnishing them carefully to create the visual impact. The process of setting up usually takes her few months to complete, and finally she photographs the set. Her photography uses the bold colour ideas to give a great visual impact which create a surprising surreal scene. Everything looks like a dream. 

-What is the philosophy behind her art? 

Sandy Skoglund brings creativity and imaginationto to her art. She was ill when she was 3 which actually made her become a bit handicapped, and this is the turning point that she made her view different from the other people. Her different view of the world makes her photographs look different from the reality. “Surrealism opens the doors of the dream to all those for whom night is miserly”, it means that she is not satisfied with the real world and carry out her wish into the art works. This is how she created her unique style that full of fantasies nd dreams.



-Choose one of her installations to explain its meaning.

(CATS IN PARIS, 1993 Sandy Skoglund)

I will say that this is my favorite piece of Sandy Skoglund’s works.      

The contrast of the blue background and green cat gives a really interesting visual impact. 

The background which using single colour clearly shows the texture such as the floor, buildings and bridge.  Also, the shooting angle emphasize the man who is the focal point of the photo. We can see that the green cats are mostly concentrate under the man, and it actually separate the photo into 2 parts. The shape of the cats make a good contrast with the shape of the man’s leg. The amusing part is that the man looks like walking on the side to avoid the group of cats, but he also looks curious about it. I love the relaxing feeling that this photo bring to me, it is a dreamlike photo! The topic of this photo gives me an idea that maybe I could see the same scene some day if I go to Paris..haha but the cat would not be green eh?

I can’t find the explanation of this photo, so I just talk about my feeling of it. I’m really interest in the real meaning of this photo…! Hope I could find out next time..Thanks for reading.

Unique CD+Promotional Poster

15 Jun

Genre : Country music

Band name: Topiarius

Album name : Tangerine Autumn

This is the album cover that I create for my band 🙂 



I used many orange+red+yellow colours for my design, because I wanted to give the feeling of Autumn.

I took most of the photo of maple leaves.

This is a really interesting assignment which use imagination to create an original band! It’s really fun.