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Mark making of emotions of the emotional experience of migrants

PROJECT SUMMARY

This project will entail making of marks of emotions of the emotional experience of the migrants. The researcher will use Photoshop, printmaking and carvings in this artwork. The process will first entail visit to the migrants and observing them with close attention on special features regarding their emotions caused by the conditions they are in. The researcher anticipates that the migrants will portray emotions such as sadness, loneliness, joy or love for humanity.

Many areas in the world have been experiencing great issues do with migration and settling of the refugees. Due to the great influx of migrants and refuges than it was during the World War II, many countries have experienced problems while trying to settle them. Some refugees seem to like some countries more than others. This makes the host country feel overwhelmed as it tries to settle the refugees. However, the entire world has to collaborate and devise means through which this can be solved so as to end these problems as a means to help the humanity as a whole. The efforts to settle refugees should therefore be carried out as a global concern. A country cannot prefer which refugees to have or not have. People cannot prefer some migrants to the others. We are all human beings we can love, cry, feel helpless, bleed and always live in hope for a better future.

My journey I life has given me a unique perspective of the feelings of migrant and I have developed an empathic approach towards them. This makes it easy for me to identify with migrants and work towards such a topic like mark making of the emotions to represent the emotional experiences of refugees.

PRACTICE REVIEW

The thoughts and values of artists can be represented inescapably in their work. The three of familiar connections between artwork and functioning of the mind is the way artists express mental distress, feeling and thoughts in paintings.

Many notable artists have succeeded expressing the moods and thoughts through artwork. The study of mark making, materials and related techniques is by nature an interdisciplinary field. In the past, such studies involved little interaction between entities such as art historians, material scientists and other people since the results were to be presented in different forums. Previously, the plight of refugees and immigrants was documented in different works of literature but art is used in modern day to communicate in a form that is clearer and more powerful than the written word.

Artwork embraces the ordinary phenomena with an eye for extraordinary qualities. The researcher hopes that this project will help in perceiving the artwork based not only from its aesthetic appeal, but from the extent of communication and impacts it has on viewers. Such a way of relating contentious issues affecting us using art will in most cases create a more social significance to the people (Augello, Infantino and Pilato 2013, p. 67).

This project has been informed by works of popular artists Robin Smith-Peck. Robin is a sensational instructor at University of Alberta. Her artwork includes invention of theoretical forms that create meaningful sensations. The prints reveal evidence of some forces that act as metaphors of how people can be easily transformed by turbulence in their lives in significant ways.

LITERATURE REVIEW

The migrants’ journey can be considered as a visual image that involves various experiences. This research will investigate this journey in by making marks of emotions of the emotional experience of migrants. This will entail highlighting the different challenges they face as they try to settle and adapt to a new environment. In artwork, one picture can speak a thousand words. Therefore, I intend to make marks using my artistic capabilities of the emotional experience of migrants. Through the visualization of the experiences of migrants, I intend to capture the attention of the viewers and instill a real life experience to them. This will ensure that the artwork can show emotions in such a way that even the viewers who are not artists can get the message and change the perspective they have towards migrants.

To learn more about the research topic, various sources will be used. These include published literature, personal opinion, interviews with migrants and credible websites amongst others. The published literature will offer reliable information on migrants and challenges they experience. Credible websites will provide information on artwork and how it can be used to express emotions such as themes, styles, colors or even techniques. Interviews with migrants will help in getting a perspective of their emotional experiences. Personal opinion will be critical in deciding what to include in the artwork and how to do it to convey emotions. All these will ensure that the viewers understand the message conveying by the artwork and can easily identify with the work of the artist.

METHODS AND MATERIALS

The artwork in project will assume an analytical approach of conditions surrounding immigrants and immigration so as to instill a constructive debate on how to end plight against immigrants. In order to portray and illustrate the emotions of the migrants, I will use a visual presentation that will navigate the invisibility and complexity, alongside special focus on range of experiences and encounters faced by immigrants.

The research will incorporate combined mediums and techniques to depict an outstanding visual representation of the journey using exceptionally emotional and sensation response towards different aspects of the migration experiences. I intend to use my knowledge of art procedures and materials such as glue, paints, various colorings, woodcuts, impasto texture and Photoshop etching plates to create my markings.

To enhance consistency,I’ll use the same approach throughout the markings. I’ll also integrate different themes to enhance and create variety. These will feature humdrum exotic backgrounds painted blue and this will be compared with other fanciful items. Color blue has been categorically used to reflect and instill a feeling of nostalgia (Muir 2014, p.7). The researcher hopes to evoke feelings of uncertainty, emptiness, hopelessness and disillusionment, as well as unify the feeling of desperation in every image.

The research will make use of brown, gray and black colors. In this case, brown will be used to reflect depressed and sober mood of the migrants, as well as the challenges that they experience in the jungle. Use of gray color is meant to signify compromise and helplessness of the migrants as they try to settle in the new country. Also, some shades of black will be used to reflect the uncertainty and feeling of unknown as they try to adapt to the new environment (Zembylas 2012, p. 197).

The images will scale up the expressive potential of capturing tone, mood and emotions they are intended to depict (Zhao, Gao and Sun 2014, p. 48).The researcher hope to use all the techniques learnt in class alongside consultation with the instructor to ensure that this artwork will be a success.

WORK PLAN

The project will take 26 weeks. Various activities will be carried out during this period. Also, it is possible that some tasks will overlap. Research will be critical to equip me with additional information on my research topic. The visit to migrant resource center will be important to help me learn about the emotional experiences the migrants face. Also, included in this work plan is 6 hours per week for the entire period reserved for translating my work from German to English since I find this easy to understand. The breakdown for the tasks and the timelines is as shown below.

  1. Reading and Translation: This will take 6 hours per week for 26 weeks. My first language is German. I prefer to read and write in German after which I can translate to my lecturer since I find the language easier to read and understand as opposed to English. This implies the need to take 6 hours per week for the 26 weeks for translation of whatever I have done to the lecturer.

  2. Research: This will take 4 weeks. The researcher intends to spend 10 hours per week and this equates to 40hours for the two weeks. During this period, the researcher will be reviewing literature from credible websites and books, as well as consulting with the supervisor in quest for all relevant information related to the research topic.

  3. Visit to the Migrant Resource Centre: This will take 43 hours per week for four weeks. The researcher will be visiting the migrants to talk to them and engage them with the intention of learning the different emotions and experiences that affect them emotionally.

  4. Photoshop: This will take 20 hours per week for 3 weeks

  5. Carving: This will take 20 hours 2 weeks

  6. Shellacking: This will take 15 hours per week for 3 weeks.

  7. Making of Ohen nori: This will take 2 hours per week for 3 weeks.

  8. Reworking and consultation with lecture: This will take 5 hours a week and will involve reworking on any sections that need changes such as re-cutting or re-painting. This also includes the time taken to consult with the lecturer. This will take 3 weeks but there is high probability that it will overlap with other sections.

  9. Drying: Three weeks. This period is long enough to ensure that the paper used does not stick to the wooden block.

  10. Presentation and exhibition: This period will take two weeks. The exhibits will be presented to the supervisor and fellow students.

PROJECT EXECUTION TIMELINES

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ReferenceList

Augello,A., Infantino, I. and Pilato, G., 2013. Binding representationalspaces of colors and emotions for creativity. BiologicallyInspired Cognitive Architectures,5,pp.64-71.

Muir,E.G., 2014. Oscar Kokoschka’s Black Portraits: Emotions andPersonality in Paint. Constructingthe Past,15(1),p.7.

Sartori,A. and Sebe, N., 2015. Emotions in Abstract Art: Does Texture Matter?In ImageAnalysis and Processing—ICIAP 2015(pp. 671-682). Springer International Publishing.

Silver,A., 2014. Families across borders: The emotional impacts of migrationon origin families. InternationalMigration,52(3),pp.194-220.

Zembylas,M., 2012. The politics of fear and empathy: emotional ambivalence in‘host’children and youth discourses about migrants in Cyprus.InterculturalEducation,23(3),pp.195-208.

Zhao,S., Gao, Y. and Sun, X., 2014, November. Exploring principles-of-artfeatures for image emotion recognition. In Proceedingsof the ACM International Conference on Multimedia(pp. 47-56). ACM.