At the start of the day, we were introduced to the Hong-Kong based artist Warren Leung whose work incorporates installation techniques with photography, video and everyday materials to explore the connection between unresolved conflicts within history and how they are perceived by the average person today.
While exploring his website in my own time, I found that the body of work titled We Must Construct As Well As Destroy (2010-2012) had particularly fascinated me as its subtle use of light and typography creates an intriguing aesthetic that draws an audience in to investigate the meaning of the work further.
It blends different mediums together into one body of work in order to carefully investigate the historical events that took place near the Legislative Council building in Hong Kong within a contemporary setting. It is an interesting technique that I’m considering experimenting with in my own upcoming project, particularly because there is a lack of concrete predictions on how the futures ahead of us may play out.
During the workshop, we continued to draft our artist statements for our artist portfolios. Mat had challenged the class to write the first 150 words of our statement and suggested that we avoid using terms such as ‘emerging’ and ‘aspiring’ as it didn’t accurately describe the current state of our practice we were at now. Throughout the time we were given, I began to draft this statement below:
“Kate Bennett is an Australian illustrator and creative writer with a passion for animation. She uses a vibrant aesthetic and elements of humour to create emotionally driven narratives that are based on both personal and social observations.”
While this is a decent start, I could extend this statement further by including the software skills and personal achievements that I have acquired overtime. I could also briefly include my interests that influence my work, and describe the examples of the illustrated and 3D works I have chosen to feature in my portfolio.
We also had to consider the type of web domain we would use when creating our portfolio. So I’ve decided to browse through the features that these domains had offered, and I weighed up the pros and cons of using each website as a platform to create my portfolio on.
- No payment required upon sign-up.
- Reliable storage space for images and videos.
- Familiarity with the site’s features due to personal use.
- Variety of themes and plugins that can be utilised.
- Blogging features are occasionally glitchy.
- Storage space is limited for free users (3GB).
- Design templates are simple and aesthetically pleasing.
- Ability to add widgets.
- Requires monthly and yearly payments, despite free trial being given upon sign-up.
- Learning how to use site-building features takes time.
- Easy to use.
- Flexible ‘drag-and-drop’ website building.
- Wide variety of widgets and design features.
- Monthly and yearly payments are required to improve the professionalism of the website.
- Limited storage for free users (500MB).
In the end, I’ve decided to use WordPress simply because it’s an easier domain to use than the other options that are listed. I considered using Weebly because of the design flexibility it has, yet I consider the learning curve to be too steep for the time being.
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