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Perception of Depression - Vanessa Zhao (IB-HL) - 3D virtual exhibition by BCIS SS Visual Art -2020

Perception of Depression - Vanessa Zhao (IB-HL)

Fri, 04/17/2020 to Tue, 06/16/2020

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Throughout the preparation for my final exhibition, I wish to express my reactions and thoughts regarding some social phenomena or my perception of depression through daily experience by using visual arts as a vehicle. During two years of taking DP Visual Arts class, I progressively encountered and experienced many things that happened, inspiring to create artworks that are used in this exhibition. The ideas I have explored include the loneliness, depression, pressure from outside, and more. A lot of ideas that contributed to make these artworks the way they are did not derived from my real-life experience, but they were very related to the artworks from other artists and from the inspiration I got from my teacher and her guidance and explanation to the themes of each task we have had. Over the course of two years, I became more and more sensitive to everything around me. Thus, though my own experience did not contribute to the creation of my artworks a lot, what I thought and observed became major contributions of the works presented.
• Beyond the concepts, I also intended my exhibition to vary the kinds of artworks as much as possible. This is also my focus on selecting the artworks for the final exhibition. Most of the artworks are oil paintings on canvas. I am very used to use oil painting. However, my selected artworks also show my exploration in other mediums that I was not very familiar with prior taking DP Visual Arts. Artwork 9, for example, was dedicated to my exploration to paint primarily with only black and white color. The two sculptures presented also present my progress and improvement of using clay as a material to produce sculpture artworks. To all my creations of artworks, materials do have their significance. When given the task and theme, I usually have the habit of making several sketches or think of a few different ideas before making the final piece, and the majority of the ideas had the potentials to be made with different materials. I usually judge which material to express the idea by determining whether the concept requires more exquisite details or looks generally more concrete. For example, for artwork 3, I could have created an oil painting like the painting I referred to, but I felt that the features could look more solid. Creating a 3D sculpture using clay could make the hand and gesture more concrete and stand out than the 2D presentation.
• I would arrange the artwork mostly on white walls. The concepts of the artworks exhibited could be sorted into two kinds: “exploration of myself” and “sentiment of the society”. The main theme of this exhibition is the presentation of my thoughts into the humanity of individuals and society. Since my artworks are all quite distinct in their color schemes and styles, the artworks could hardly be sorted by color and style. I would hold the exhibition at a corner of the walls. One side of the wall would display the paintings that manifest the concept “exploration of myself”, which includes artwork 6,7,8,9, and the paintings that manifest the concept of “sentiment of the society” would go to the other wall that includes 2,3. Finally, a table covered with black cloth that stands in front of the walls would be used to place the sculptures.
• The way that the artworks are displayed and organized might be able to help the viewers to acquire the message. My overall vision of this exhibition is to not only showcase the artworks but also inspiring the viewers in a way that would make them t think about the issues and concepts presented in those artworks that were merely considered in daily life. A lot of my artworks hide their message in its use of symbolism, so I would expect the viewers to grasp the message by viewing the elements presented and making connections to the world.

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