(Collaboration between Nathan Davis and Jesse Payne)
Presented as a collaboration between Surface Research and Drawing Studio, students will be asked to make a collection of objects that are representative of their own individual idea of “home.” One object will then be selected and wrapped in opaque material so that its form is partially obscured—and then it will be photographed. Moving into drawing studio, students will be tasked with drawing a life-like depiction of the object based on what they see in the photograph. Subsequently, in surface, students will be charged with composing a short poem or poetic verse that articulates what home means to them in ideation. The drawings will then be scanned, and the poem will be superimposed over the image. Finally, a poster will be printed of the image and the words—and result in a compelling display steeped in personal meaning. Focusing on composition, contour, cross-contour, the properties of light and shadow, as well as various rendering techniques to create 3D illusions, students will pursue a rich history within the world of art in this project. By wrapping or concealing an item’s identity, students will have the chance to truly explore their perception and interpretation—not only of the object, but also the space around it. For instance, some artists may wrap an object to draw attention to the space around it, while others still may work to accentuate the object’s true form. A third group may pursue the mystery and ambiguity of identity concealment—and work to translate that to paper. This project relates deeply to the school’s region, and this type of art has been displayed publicly in front of the Sidra Medical and Research Center—“The Miraculous Journey” by Damien Hirst. At the project’s end, students will dive deeper into exploring the meaning of pertinent objects in their life and truly explore what “home” means to them—visually and in written form.