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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?
in 2016, bees were been added to the endangered list for the first time in history. bees are dying; this fact is indisputable. the “bee plague,” known as colony collapse disorder, has been caused by humans. until now, the bee crisis has been seen as a niche concern. but, the plight of the bees and other pollinators is threatening the survival of earth’s entire ecosystem. in my concentration, i portrayed bees using varied imagery as to raise awareness for the importance of protecting the bees.
2. how does the work in your concentration demonstrate the exploration of your idea? you may refer to specific images as examples.
originally, i hoped to show the death of the bees using a grim and melancholy tone, as my initial goal was to instill fear and sadness in the viewer. but as i progressed, i realized that rendering the bees in a more positive and beautiful manner would cause the viewer to think more critically about protecting the pollinators. i chose to paint on live edge wood in order to give a more natural feeling to the piece, highlighting the importance of nature. the circularity of the pieces also establishes the idea of the delicate circle of life disrupted by colony collapse disorder. the wax paint connected the media to the subject in a concrete way. incorporating organic materials in the wax furthered the motif of nature in the pieces. 4 and 6 include real plant matter, along with 7 in which eggshells are embedded in the wax. The use of texture, depth, and form grew throughout my exploration as i became more familiar with the abilities of encaustic paint. 1-3 utilize texture as a primarily surface element, while 4-7 begin to explore using depth in a more abstract way. shape, form, and color begin to add to the overall composition in 8-12. as contrast and relationships deepen in 10-12, the representation of the bees becomes more subjective and meaningful, allowing the viewer to think critically about the beauty of bees.