Artist Statement I interpreted the song “Kandi” by One eskimO’s using a collage visual
aesthetic. The lyrics are easily interpreted; the story is about a man finding about a former lover of his current girlfriend. He wonders at the intimacy of their relationship, and where he was when it was happening. The unanswered questions push him to neurotic behavior, and he repeatedly asks, “What did he say?” and “What did he do?” The song is preformed overflowing with infectious desire for answers matched with an upbeat rhythm, making it my obsession of this past summer. (It was so overplayed in my house, I found my mother singing it.) I tried to abandon the idea I had for this project, finding it too cutesy to stomach, but it stuck in my head and I couldn’t make myself abandon it. I adore collage aesthetics, and saw an earnest, naïve penguin. He repeatedly falls into relationships where he is outdone by the girl’s past/current boyfriend. The penguin attempts to woo the girl by chasing after her, getting a job, and changing his look. Poor little guy can never win, though, and has to watch as the girl(s) he wants frolics with someone else.
The design process began with sketching out the five relationships on paper,
planning what kind of pieces I would make, where they would be placed, and what angle I would shoot from. Then I used cardboard, magazines, tissue paper, tinsel, tin-‐foil, crepe paper, and construction paper to make the pieces the would compose the characters and settings. In the process of setting up proper lighting and establishing frustratingly perfect balance at my sister’s house, my fourteen-‐year-‐old cat escaped through the window. I utilized a low lamp to create a heavy shadow on my characters. In Photoshop, I cropped two of the photos to strengthen the rule of thirds, and adjusted the brightness and contrast of the photos. I also added a slight glow to the couples to make them that more happy in comparison to the struggling penguin. I enjoyed this project a lot. If I could do anything differently, I would give the pictures a better sense of setting by adding more background elements and pieces. Also, I would take more time cleaning up the edges on the pieces I already have. Thanks for the opportunity! P.S.-‐ The cat is safely back in the house.
Lyrics One eskimO-‐ Kandi (M=Male F=Female) M: But I heard from Jo about this guy And I want to know What did he say? F: He called me baby, baby all night long M: What did he do? F: He called me baby, baby all night long M: Why? Why? Why, did you need him? Where was I? Just how close to you is he? Every smile you gave Every touch you made Every word you said
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Published on Nov 11, 2010