Final Paper Sculpture Reflection

img_0373This project involved finding a topic and symbolizing it. I was interested in the topic of depression because it effected my close friend. She luckily got help, but it was a struggle because she struggled with suicudal thoughts. When making my project I added the words, “RIP” on a casket because it represented the death of her grandmother and her having suicidal thoughts and actions. The rose on the front represents a flower someone puts on a casket when a loved one dies. It also represents that a part of the person with depression is now lost along with their loved ones life. I added a check in the project because I wanted to represent the worry and stress of paying bills can cause someone to be depressed or their depression to worsen. The broken heart represents someone being hurt or having the feeling of isolation. There is black paper as the back, because I wanted it to represent the darkness and isolation someone with depression feels. The black paper also represented how the person who was once there is now covered and hidden with something darker and lonelier. I put these elements in the space where I cut a human brain. Behind the human brain is the haunting of depression. The principles of design and elements of art I used were contrast and color when I used black paper in the back of my project. I also used space when I positioned everything inside of the brain, so everything was clearly seen. I thought using paper was a fitting choice because paper can rip easily, and even when you glue or tape it back together, it can never go back to what it was. I made a shadowbox because it represents the endless causes behind depression, and it shows the layer of what a depressed person feels. After making my shadowbox, I put a light behind the project and it transformed. Putting black paper in the back helped the shadowbox have a sinister look to it. The black paper added more depth to the shadowbox, making it more enhancing to look at. If I could change anything, I would take more time on making my details more precise. I would have cut straighter and make it look less messy. I felt strong with my idea of what I was going to make and how I was going to show it. I had the plan of what I was going to do when I started, and that helped me immensely. I would view this artwork as a success because my goal was to give people who saw it a understanding of how much depression affects someone, and how events in life really affect how someone lives, thinks, and acts. The element of art is shape. This art shows instrumentalism.

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