For this project we were given lots of freedom and we could truly go crazy. At first we weren’t introduced to the 2nd part of assignment and we were only asked to get some sort of a map and basically destroy it! Do whatever we want with it! Not thinking about the outcome made this project really fun and inspiring! I did my best in trying to modify the map in as many ways as possible. I found a big U.S. map and here’s what I did to it :
I tried to put things on the map that would represent my interests and just the things that I like:
1. I spilled coffee on it :
2. I kissed it:
3. I drew some stuff with a lipstick:
4. I glued some cut outs from various flyers and pictures:
5. Then I glued some sugar on it:
6. I burnt some cigarette holes in it:
7. Then I tried burning it, though the paper was too thick:
8. Then I tried to make a paper plane out of it:
9. After I tried to mount it on a pole:
10. Then I opened one of the books that I have, Truman Capote’s “In Cold Blood”, and noticed that a lot of states are mentioned in a lot of pages so a copied the quotes next to the states that relate to them:
And afterwards I just messed around with the map a little bit more and that’s how it looked at the end:
After bringing our destroyed maps to the class we found out that then we had to create something actually meaningful. After analyzing my map a little bit I kind of got this film Noir feeling: lipstick marks, finger prints, cigarette burns, and citations from “In Cold Blood” related to crime. It inspired me to create a “Noirish” police evidence board alluding to the crime that happened in the book I was quoting on the map.
That’s how my final piece looked like:
In class critique people seemed to like my idea however my piece could have looked more coherent. Some people commented that I might have made the cutouts in a more definite way. Also they thought that making it black and white would have made the piece more visually pleasing and more unified with the Film Noir theme. Furthermore, some thought that making it bigger would have helped to make the composition not as distracting.
Overall, I really enjoyed working on this project because of the freedom that we had.