LAUIL603 SELF-INTITIATED BREF 3: DISJUNCTIVE OBJECTS (COLLAGE) DEVELOPMENT
Initially for this brief I wanted to apply the Surrealist practice of random association to create weird and wonderful compositions of disparate elements. Further down the line I wanted to then use this method and apply it to editorial illustration with a more considered approach. I was hoping to use methods of disjunction to form intelligent visual metaphors and strengthen the conceptual side of my practice. I started by designing this composition just by sifting through stock free resources and finding elements I liked. I quite like the outcome of this illustration, not sure what its purpose is other than it would maybe work well as a print? Is it saying anything though? Does it have to?
I had this idea for a birds nest made out of barbed wire which was intended for an editorial piece on the exposure of abuse at a childrenâ€™s home in Jersey. I was thinking of the nest as representative of a place where young birds can grow up in safety, sheltered from the harm of the outside world. By adding barbed wire to the nest I was hoping to draw parallels between the intended shelter the nest should provide and the obvious harm that the barbed wire would incur. I think the concept of this illustration is quite strong however sadly I didnâ€™t get to develop the illustration and it remains unfinished.
I read an article one Halloween urban myths which circulate every year i.e. poisoned candy, killer clowns, sharp objects in trick or treat bags. I originally was thinking about doing an illustration based around apple bobbing, the image in the bottom right was my inspiration but I didnâ€™t like where the illustration was going and so I switched it. I took the Jack â€˜Oâ€™ Lantern from the bottom left and I hollowed it out, turned the smile upside down and added some sharp objects and poison into the pumpkin. I also added hands around the pumpkin as if they were grabbing for the contents. I think it works quite well as an editorial piece.