The focus of this project was to trace the connections I've made over my last three years living in Los Angeles. These connections all help shape me into the person I am today. Through a great deal of self reflection, I created over 600 images and gifs, which were then used to make the final product that is comprised of three main pieces: a map of connections, a portrait of the eight most influential men I connected with, and a three-minute animation of the story of my growth. The concept was that any type of connection founded with someone, no matter the length or whether it was a good or bad experience, if you learn something and grow from the experience it will always be a positive one.
I used a combination of traditional mediums (watercolor, acrylic, oil, gauche, drawings) along with found textures I scanned and found photography of the actual people I connected with to create this large body of work. The project was designed to be colorful, referring to the rainbow flag at times; namely for the key on the map but also the representation of every color throughout the body of work.
The video is a collection of all the images I made. It tells a chronological, visual story of my various connections. The horizontal images represent the eight most influential men I connected with, where I used colors and motions that reminded me of the essence of the individual and the nature of our relationship. Each one fades out into a different color, relating back to the colorful theme of my project, reflecting the rainbow flag at points. The Squares are the transitional periods between the relationships that I noticed a great change in me. The end has the sequences of those eight transition into my logo, reflecting how connecting with them on some level helped me grow into the person I am today. The music is the instrumental from the song Leave A Trace by Chvrches.
For the final display, the two prints (printed on vinyl) were hung to match the screen of the projected video. I've learned a lot and this was a chance to highlight a select few that had a huge influence on me, many of which made it to the show.
I chose the singer Pink as the subject of my celebrity portrait because she is from my hometown. My thought was that of a literal rock star. My concept was that she was a geode that was cracked open and shining in the sun.