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a concentration is a body of related works that:
grow out of a coherent plan of action or investigation;
are unified by an underlying idea that has visual and/or conceptual coherence;
are based on your individual interest in a particular visual idea;
are focused on a process of investigation, growth, and discovery; and
show the development of a visual language appropriate for your subject.
a written commentary describing what your concentration is and how it evolved must accompany the work in this section.
1. what is the central idea of your concentration?
my concentration is a representation of the relationship and similarities between humans and animals in order to raise awareness for endangered species. animals have never been in greater need of human compassion. today, we have a parasitic relationship with animals, as many believe the success of humans is contingent upon urbanization and destruction of nature. but, we must form a symbiotic relationship with other creatures, because for each species that dies out, we lose a piece of ourselves.
2. how does the work in your concentration demonstrate the exploration of your idea? you may refer to specific images as examples.
i began my concentration by depicting the symbiotic relationship the natives had with other species, and then progressed to show the more tense relationship between modern day people and animals. as I continued, I realized that humans and animals are physically and emotionally codependent, and chose to portray our similarities in order show the necessity for a more mutually beneficial relationship. I chose my media because of their contrast in texture and value range, and because my reduction technique mirrors people’s behavior towards the environment. the technical nature of scratchboard, coupled with the expressiveness of paint, create a complex duality integral to the metaphor. my use of texture, depth, and form grew throughout my exploration. 1-3 demonstrate texture as a mere surface element, and the images are juxtaposed for meaning rather than space. 5-6 introduce greater depth with an environment, and 6 demonstrates a greater connection between man and animal. 7-8 attempt to include the viewer as a participant in the scene, with scale differences and clearer balance. as contrast and relationships deepen in 9-11, more refined landscapes emerge and texture accentuates form, pushing the sense of space and depth. the two species grow together throughout until the end, when they are both separated in 12 and the mood is stark.