Appropriation process

I’ve been really sick for 2 days now, so I ended up missing class today. I’m laying in bed, thinking about what I would be doing if I were in class – working. I’m a self-admitted workaholic in terms of my creativity. I spent the entire weekend working with wire for my 3D design class, but this project has been looming in the back of my mind.

I’m happy with the trees image that I made, but I had it finished before class even started last Wednesday, so I spent that entire class period working on an additional image that I’m not happy with. I’m scrapping that, too, and starting work on something else.

Things catch me and sometimes they stick with me. I’ve always been big into being a fan of things and those things can hold me anywhere from a few months to years, flitting in and out of the content of everything I do, from writing to art. Something that’s been running in the background for me a lot is the movie The Social Network as well as its accompanying soundtrack. I know the movie isn’t factually accurate (I do my homework about things like something possessed sometimes if the information is out there to accompany whatever I’m into) but it’s poignant and it hit something in me that I can’t shake. I spent most of class last time trying to figure out how I could work my latest interest into my work unsuccessfully and ended up making an octopus with an elephant trunk and horns. I’d post the work in progress (that probably won’t be finished) but I feel awful and don’t want to get up to get my flash drive. I can lay here in bed and type just fine, maybe even work, but getting up and moving isn’t something I’m up for right now.

I was thinking of making some kind of composite portrait out of pictures of him but I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. Then I found this and it’s just perfect. It’s a portrait of Mark Zuckerberg made with pieces of Facebook. It’s licensed under a creative commons license that doesn’t allow for derivative works, though, so I feel hesitant about building anything similar. I’ll probably stick with my original idea of making some kind of composite portrait, but we’ll see how it goes. It just stunned me to see someone thinking along similar lines to me – of building someone out of something they’re known for. It draws back on the last assignment of an archive in a way, when you think about the fact that it’s a repetition of items used again and again – ie: a mosaic of a teacher being made out of pictures of classrooms, etc. I don’t know if I’ll have time to come up with something full off this idea by Wednesday with how awful I’ve been feeling, but if not, it’s something to pursue in my free time and I do have the finished tree picture to turn in. Proof that even through the haze of cold medicine, my brain is still trying to work.

I didn’t feel well enough to make it to more than one class without throwing up today, but I didn’t take the day off. I feel good about that.


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