This project was a quick, end of the year, fun project. I am not a fan of mixed media, but this project was enjoyable even for me. We had a variety of choices of themes for this project, and the one I chose was Questionable. As you can see, my idea revolved around the Virgina Battle flag, commonly known as the "Confederate Flag". This is most definitely a questionable symbol in today's society, and when my teacher first mentioned the themes, this instantly popped into my head. The purpose behind my project was to try and prove the "Confederate" flag was not racist. The main piece is cardboard, and glued to it are newspaper clippings, song lyrics, internet research, and quotes all supporting the "Confederate" flag. I then painted over it with (to my loathing) watercolor paints (which I am not a fan of). The border is thick wire, with homemade barbs on it. I had originally planned on doing an intricate border, but through the course of the project I realized I wouldn't have time to do it. The barbed wire was a quick idea that I put into motion, that I believe turned out great. Over the course of this project, many people have come up to me and asked why I wanted to do this. Personally, I believe this flag represents southern pride and the spirit of our ancestors. I in no way support racism, or the ill treatment of anyone. I have actually used this project to help educate people who mistakenly believe that this flag is racist. This has definitely been one of my favorite projects to do, and I love how it turned out.
The theme for our project was a "sticky situation". We had to have rhythm, repetition, and our media was paints. I chose acrylic paint, and I repeated the barbs on the barb wire fence. I added rhythm by adding a surface to the pond and by giving texture to the grass. This is a sticky situation because the sign on the fence says "No Fishing", but the pond is clearly stocked with fish. In my opinion this was as bad of a situation as I could think of. My original plan had nothing to do with a fishing pond, as it was just repeating lots of old wooden fish hooks. I later on realized I wouldn't have time to do this, and so I changed. I am pleased with the result, even with the rushed timing on my part. Media wise, I am definitely pleased with the paints. In my opinion, acrylic paint will always be brighter and stronger than watercolors, which is why I chose it. Overall, I am happy with how this piece turned out.