Collage critique assignment (In class)
The following is my critique of my assigned piece on critique day for our collage projects:
Looking at my assigned piece, I must say I do like it. This piece would b the perfect example of exceptional use of repetition and variety. The uses of these principles of design are the strongest things in this piece and are used very cooperatively. The repetition of various elements of the design (such as the woman, the balls/balloons, the car, and the walking man) is very present, but what makes the piece stand out is the variety of size and placement of these elements. The placement and size of the different elements of the piece is also what creates the rhythm in this piece.
When I look at the piece, it seems to me that the focal point is the full figure picture of the woman in the lower-right hand corner of the piece. From that woman, the piece makes my eyes go around the entire page in a circle in a very interesting way. My eyes leave the woman, move to the assortment of balloons, then up to a picture of the same woman but from the waist up, then over to the man walking (which is copied 3 more times but gradually getting smaller, causing my eyes to move down the piece in at a faster pace than when I was looking at the rest of the piece), then basically jump over the “flattened” picture of the woman (which is not the same as the original picture of the woman because this time her shape was cut out from a different part of the original picture used to make this piece), then goes to the vans (copied 2 more times gradually getting smaller with each copy, moving my eyes at a faster rate than the rest of the piece right back to the focal point). The reason I find the rhythm of this piece so interesting is because at first, the motion and path your eyes should follow isn’t strong and you actually see the one connective path as multiple pathways.
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