In the beginning of my project, I was interested in capturing stereotypes of all sorts, race, gender and culture. My goal was to place objects and people of stereotype in a scenes where society does not see them working together and make statements that in a new global world, it is possible to bridge the gap in stereotypical statements.
I was also very interested in cross-cultural approach of mixing traditions from different cultures and creating a new identity. For example someone from a country in Africa with an Asian clothing performing a Latin dance. I was going to focus on stereotypes placed on gender and culture by society and placing them in a different scenario.
The issue of gender was also very important to me as I also had these stereotypes. I personally stereotyped women to be people who should not be doing what I or society calls “manly jobs” like working with metal, wood, in construction dealing with cement, trucks etc. and also sports which seem to be very physically involving. In the process of working on these I had a few difficulty in capturing the truth to what I was saying. The images were just stagnant and were not really communicating my ideas across. However I found I strong link to societal control and power. “Society places so many ideas by seeping into us indirectly and we as people living within society unconsciously.” This thought changed my idea to a more conceptually semi abstract image construction.
Power is present in all human relationships, and penetrates throughout society. Do we as individuals have the power and freedom we think we have? Is the objective representation of power and what we think we have, real, or is it subjective? Is happiness and truths purely subjective or objective? Seeking objective reality has been made attractive to us so much so that does it have an effect on us if it is taken away from us. I see my body as individual living in a society where I feel that by having all things objectively constructed, I am happy, however these so called truths have been distorted in such away that even though we think we are free, we are actually in prison being controlled. They tend to do so in such a way that we do more to get these things and in so doing we imprison ourselves. I will be using my body to represent people living in a society, however, in a reality, socially constructed such that we are no more ourselves but objectified beings with restrictions, forcing our way to attain “reality”. I want the audience to leave with the thoughts of who we have become in this society, and how our very own subjective thoughts and experience are being manipulated in a rather profound manner.
My images are going to consist of a sequential reading of me struggling my way out of the social construct of reality. In so doing, my body begins to form different shapes and object to the extent that I no longer. The chronological ideal of this process is to engage the audience of the struggle and get them to understand the process much easily.
SAMPLE OF MY VERY FIRST IMAGE IDEAS
THE NEXT STEP OF IMAGES WERE THAT OF CULTURAL REPRESENTATION
THE FINAL SET ARE ADVANCED SKETCHES AM WORKING ON IN PRODUCING MY FINAL PROJECT