Michelle Gazvini


Senior Project April 2013

Artist Statement

My work is inspired by repetition of shapes in the third-dimensional form. I chose the triangle as the core object of my designs because it is the basic building block of all two-dimensional polygons, including rectangles, squares, rhombuses and kites. Triangles are of great significance in our everyday lives; the buildings around us and bridges we ride over are guaranteed to have triangles in their construction.  I have created numerous forms of triangles in my work. When I work with the style of repetition, I get a better sense of the subjects and can explore various ways of manipulating the triangle.

There are three main types of learning styles: auditory, visual, and tactile. Most people learn best through a combination of the three types of learning styles, but everybody is different. I am known as a tactile learner; I process information best through hands-on experience. As a child school learning was difficult and I didn’t recognize that I was tactile kind of learner.  At that time, I wasn’t aware of these learning styles and my school didn’t teach these different approaches. Looking back, it makes sense why I never grasped things as fast as the other kids in my grade. It always took me a little bit longer for things to really stick. I would have to spend hours reviewing what I learned in class that day. These days, I use different methods to teach myself effectively. Each individual triangle represents a section of my life that I had to constantly repeat again just to comprehend.

My fascination with curiosity of shapes has driven my creative method. My images begin with self-portrait photographs. I use my room as my studio so that I have the freedom to spread out. The backdrop of my photos is created from overlapping papers with charcoal drawn on top. This helps give texture and geometry. Light is also a vital aspect of the photographs. The next step to creating my images is processing the photos in Adobe Photoshop. Next, use Adobe Illustrator to draw the white lines over my piece. This is a meticulous part of my process. I look for the natural shapes of the photograph and use repetitive line to enunciate them.

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