I'm just a girl that thinks she can art
So this is the beginning. This is the very first sketch I've done of this piece for our "Artist's Steal" unit. At this moment I am much further along in the project than is shown here. My piece is actually on a canvas and is awaiting a second coat of paint for the background. I also have to clean up the line-work and add the quote as the final part of my piece. My inspiration for this piece came from my obsession with "Alice in Wonderland." Even as a young girl I was struck by the fact that Alice never gave up. She came close a few times but, continued on in her journey. Having suffered with chronic depression since my early childhood, I always wondered why she just didn't quit? It would be so much easier than building her hopes as escape seemed to be coming closer only to have those hopes shattered by another obstacle every time. So, when given the opportunity to portray Alice as I thought was, well, let's say "fit" for lack of a better word, I jumped at it. I was so ready to take "Old Alice" and make her into a person that seemed more realistic. I began by searching for images of normal Alice. Then I searched images for "depressed Alice." By looking at theses images I was able to avoid doing something that has already been done. Of course, there are other images of Alice looking disturbed, depressed, and well, bloody, but none are quite like mine. None of the other images incorporate the ironical use of her solution out as her solution to a forever end. I have stolen the idea of Alice but instead of making it like every other piece of Alice art out there, I made it original. It's like the oxymoron "original copy." I took a classic piece and made it my own original version. So, basically, what I'm saying here is, I'm a thief and that's okay.
This is The Maker. I made him out of sand. I chose to use sand because in The Maker video, he continuously looks at an hour glass and when the hour glass runs out, The Maker turns into sand. The image you are seeing here is my third and final attempt at completing this project. The first attempt consisted of a lot glue and even more differed dreams but, I did not give up. The second attempt was even more depressing than the first. I was completely filled with hope that my project was going to look amazing and I'd finish way sooner than I thought. WRONG! I was saddened to see that when I was attempting to detach the stencil from my paper, the stencil was ripping apart my project. In other words, my stencil was stuck and there was no way I would be able to salvage any of it. After much anger, frustration, and odd growling noises, I finally came up with another solution. I would make another stencil and paint on the glue and sprinkle on the sand exactly like I did in Attempt 2 but instead of leaving the stencil on my piece....you ready for this geniusness.....I WOULD TAKE IT OFF BEFORE IT DRIED! WOW! Amazing right? Yeah. I know. I should've thought of that the first time. But where's the fun in doing it right the first time? If I didn't mess up like a million times before getting it right it wouldn't have been as fun as it was. It would have been just another project. But because I goofed it all up, it was an adventure.