The circle is back

This wonderful circular panel was left behind by a graduating friend from last year who didn’t have room to store it.


After starting a painting on it at the beginning of the year, I decided to stop; I had a feeling that I should wait. So, I took it off the wall and began to work on smaller paintings. Then, after a few months of consideration, I realized what the panel would become.

Because I am doing my thesis on Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) in honeybees, I have decided to use this panel as a basis for my final piece:

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This piece will function as a lenticular image (like the piece I used for the Dry Run show) where one side of the image will be a mandala of all of the fruits and vegetables we will lose without honeybees, and the other side of the image will be a farmer in a monoculture field with white cutouts of honeybees. The photo above illustrates what the transition will look like, although both images will look equally as faint/visible in the physical product.

Below was my first idea for one of the images. I decided against it because I didn’t want to be too obvious at first of what it is about. The image of the farmer in the monoculture field (monoculture = one crop in a large area) also works better conceptually, as monocultures have a huge effect on how honeybees forage, not to mention the widespread use of pesticides sprayed onto monocultures.

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In order to bring out the honeycomb effect, I am cutting each lenticular into a hexagon shape. While some lenticulars will be transitioning from left to right, others will be transitioning from up to down. This, I hope will be a subtle yet effective way to get across the idea of the honeycomb.

I finalized the image ideas last night, and saved them all as individual files this morning (each hexagon shape became its own file > 6.7″ X 8″ for both the mandala image and the farmer in the field image).

My next step is to merge the images together using SuperFlip! which is a software program by VueThru. Once my lenticular lenses/photo paper arrive in the mail, I will print all 160 hexagons and mount them to the lenses. Finally, I will mount the lenticulars onto the circular panel.

I’ve got a lot of work to do, but am SO excited to see this all come together in the end.



Plans for DAAP Works

I have decided to focus my senior thesis on the disappearance of honey bees.

My current plans for DAAP Works include mounting a series of hexagon-shaped lenticular prints onto an 84″ X 84″ circle panel in the shape of a honeycomb.The lenticulars will work as a flip image, with one image being a mandala of all the fruits/vegetables we will lose without bees, and the other image being a collage of bees (When you look at the panel from the left side, you will see the mandala, when you look at it from the right, you will see a collage of bees).

I have started to design the mandala using Photoshop. I am using the internet to find images of fruits and vegetables, using this site as a reference to which fruits and vegetables we will lose without honeybees to pollinate them.

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This is somewhat of a continuation of my piece, “E. coli Runoff” that I displayed in the Dry Run show, which utilized both the circle and the lenticular. This time, however, I am focusing on a different aspect of mega farming.

Dry Run

At the half way point of senior thesis, fine arts senior presented their work in the annual “Dry Run” art exhibition. Displayed in the Reed Gallery of DAAP, my piece, “E. coli Runoff,” consisted of a lenticular print on the wall and a water system hanging above that delivered one drop of water at a time to the center of the pedestal. This piece was chosen to be displayed in the Reed’s next show, NASAD (National Association of Schools of Art and Design).

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Exploring the mandala: “Organic” mandala painting

Mandalas represent wholeness, and can be seen as a model for the organizational structure of life itself; a cosmic diagram that reminds us of our relation to the infinite, the world that extends both beyond and within our bodies and minds. Describing both material and non-material realities, the mandala appears in all aspects of life: the celestial circles we call earth, sun, and moon, as well as conceptual circles of friends, family, and community.

This was my first exploration of the mandala.

Using Photoshop to create a template, I found imagery of organic plants (taken from the internet and from my own photographs) and rotated them around an 8-part circle to create an aesthetically pleasing composition. The imagery was structured as birth of the plant being in the center of the mandala, growth of the plant coming out from the center, and “enlightenment” being represented as the furthest point from the center (the ultimate result of organic farming).

After creating a template for my mandala, I printed out copies of the photographs and pasted them to a 36″X36″ canvas using acrylic gel. After all images had been pasted to the canvas, I painted over certain areas with oil paint. The overall process required a lot of planning and concentration. Although I enjoyed the process, I did not achieve the level of meditation I had originally anticipated.

Photoshop template
Starting to construct the mandala
House paint mixed with candle wax background
Pages of “Be Here Now” by Ram Dass as the border
Working on flat surface
Laying down cut-outs before switching to color prints
Painting over colored prints, starting from the center
Final mandala, 36″X36″

Ohio State Senior Ellen Maynard’s take on video artist Leslie Thornton’s, “Twice Removed.” I saw Thornton’s video a few weeks ago as part of the Annie Leibovitz exhibition at the Wexner Center of the Arts in Columbus. Like Maynard states, the video creates the effect of “Esho Funi,” a Japanese term for the Buddhist concept of the oneness of life and its environment.

Find out more on Thornton’s piece here:

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Do you remember looking through kaleidoscopes when you were a kid? I never tire of looking at the spectacle of images that kaleidoscopes make.

Kaleidoscope and mirror image are two effects I have used in my recent experimentation with abstracting the video footage I have shot for my senior project. Here is test footage of the floor to celling screen, with projection of my footage in various mirror effects. We used the program called Isadora to do this, at the ACCAD EMMA lab at The Ohio State University. I like how this effect makes literal the term, esho funi, “oneness with the environment”.

You can see how excited I was then, to hear about a kaleidoscope video of nature and animals at the Wexner Center for the Arts. This video, Twice Removed, by well known video artist Leslie Thornton, was both subtle and powerful. The…

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