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Exploring abstraction as a tool of expression

Research   Concept design  |  Carpentry   Narrative Building   Photography   Art Direction

This project is a meditation on a black square and explore the possibilities centred around abstraction. The Kazimir Malevich’s black square has a legendary standing in art history’s visual culture. The black square served as a jumping off place for me to investigate the possibilities of abstraction, as well as how I deal with abstraction, how I approach abstract ideas and challenges, and the potential for inventing and interpreting through interaction. My interpretation of abstract art is the use of conceptual representation to communicate an emotion or feeling to the viewer, rather than depict a figurative representation of reality. It evokes an emotional response, which is one of the key elements that defines abstraction. It has the potential to hide as well as enrich reality through conceptual, symbolic, and intellectual representation. 



Can you use abstraction to explore hidden often unseen and unexplored emotions? 

Abstraction is difficult to interpret, it can seem easy to dismiss and it takes commitment from our side to make sense of it. One of the main factors of abstraction is that we benefit from taking more time; It invites the viewer to have their own personal interpretation and it opens up avenues for exploration. Abstraction may need some contextual references to it for us to understand its true representation and what the artist intended to share. Conceptual and symbolic representation promotes exploratory approach to understand any abstract work which opens a pathway for divergent thinking which has a potential of enriching a certain work or even hide content in plain sight. It might be intellectual, visceral, inspirational, or aesthetically beautiful. It’s intended to get us to think, to feel, to consider, to evolve, and to wonder about the meaning of our experiences. The first two images are collages that are an example of how abstraction has the potential to hide or unhide reality and it all really depends on the perspective of the viewer for its interpretations. Both the collages include images that were take at the same position and angle but different focus points. Focusing on the light creates an artificial darkness that presents a geometric design that could have been easily gone unnoticed. This representation explores the endless possibilities of interpretation for abstraction. Using this as a common point, we focused on how we can develop this notion of using abstract imagery to convey our understanding of how abstraction can hide and unhide things. 



The heart of the contemporary Sculpturing is an artwork where visitors are confronted with a challenge exploring colours, patterns, shapes, and scales. The beauty of modernist sculpture lies in its vast range of different materials, mediums and environments used to create a notion- challenging artwork. Sculptures stands out in an obvious manner, and yet somehow fits in the surroundings in a peculiar way. My emphasis for Tessellion was on the idea and the feel of it, rather than the quality of a finished product. It takes account the viewer’s visual experience, or basically fill out a wall, leaving space and light as its only dimensional constants. I tried to include a broad range of materials, natural and man-made alike, giving it a depth and creating a harmony of elements. The sculpture is inspired from abstract repetitive patterns of the wallpaper group and the concept of tessellation design. A wallpaper group is a mathematical classification of a two-dimensional repetitive pattern, based on the symmetries in the pattern. Such patterns occur frequently in architecture and decorative art, especially in textiles and tiles as well as wallpaper. All the metallic material used for the Installation are salvaged from a metal scrap-yard and the wood used is also re-purposed from a previous carpentry job. 

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