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This year's Girls Eye View program, led by Eyebeam Alum Tali Hinkis (LoVid) in partnership with Good Shepherd services has been rocking along! We have challenged young women to express their ideas through visual language exercises, sharing questions and statements online through Facebook, and focusing on transforming words into meaningful images in digital messages and back again. What follows is a visual journey through the past few weeks with our group:
We worked together to identify one single word that is meaningful to us. After discussing the meaning of each word, we talked about how that meaning could be represented visually. We chose words like: FREEDOM, FEARLESS, LIFE, PASSION, LOVE and DEATH.
We worked on several versions of our words, sometimes changing the word as we drew because we realized that - for example - while we initially chose the word LIVE, the word LIFE more appropriately expressed our meaning.
Our drawings changed overtime as well. Our images started out as words with pictures added around them, but as each new version was realized, the words themselves started to become symbolic drawings conveying what we meant. In the image below, FREEDOM is represented with Tetris blocks. Can you figure out why freedom is like Tetris?
The next week we met, Tali talked about stencils - how they can be used as templates, how they can be personalized.
Tali showed us how, using the basic Stencil font in Illustrator, we could alter the lines of a word so that they could start to embody the meanings we had chosen for them, and how to do this so that they still work as stencils.
We spent the afternoon playing with our designs, adding personal flourishes. One GEV participant said the process was both painful and very satisfying. We said totally!
The next week, Eyebeam alum Nora Ligorano came in to show us the work she does as part of Ligorano / Reese, and show us how to use the laser cutter to cut our stencils out (or anything out!). We really loved their Democracy ice sculpture. She told us the different ways that people responded to it, and we talked about how it would be totally different if it was made of plastic, and only looked like ice. Aside from the obvious meaning of the work, we talked about how being near it must have been cold, and the way that some people drank the water coming off of it. Were they trying to drink democracy?
After talking with Nora about her work, we started to think about how we could use our stencils and work with not only color and line, but also different materials or objects to communicate meaning. One of us said that FREEDOM should be represented with sand, because like sand, freedom can just blow away. Another one of us thought that LIFE could be represented by being attached to the hand of a clock, because sometimes life just drags by, and other times it flies by!
We are excited to create these word sculptures - we think we are going to create stop-motion animations with them!
Until next time,
GIRLS EYE VIEW!
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