Creating controversy is sometimes necessary in art and design in order to get a point across effectively. This illustration entitled “The Ecstasy of Gold” tackles issues which most humans either fail to or choose to ignore. It is an automatic response that is usually brought on by how uncomfortable reality makes us all feel at times. The reality portrayed in the illustration is the implication of human self-indulgence, from the perspective of struggling artists/designers. This struggle goes further from the atypical financial issues to incorporate emotional/psychological struggles, physical and many others that have an adverse effect on an artist’s health. Although it is very centred on the visual artist, the imagery may apply to struggling artists from both performance and literary fields. Using a portrait orientation the composition is divided into six (6) tiers/stanzas, each showing a different subplot that in their totality, helps to communicate a larger narrative.
METROPARADISE explores the value of art and its integration with the built environment to tell the narrative of space/place. As may be seen through the underlying infrastructure of its neglected buildings, there is great potential in the aesthetics of downtown Kingston, Jamaica. Focusing on its strengths, this project envisions the city as an area that is welcoming and is a visual representation of local culture and landscape.
Who are we? Where did we come from? What is our purpose? These are some of the questions ancient philosophers had asked in their search for the origins of the universe and all its inhabitants. Human beings have a gift for pattern recognition and could not help but notice the seemingly ordered movements of celestial bodies as they travelled through time and space. We wandered for many millennia searching and asking deep questions about how we fit in with the planets, stars, moons, landscapes, plants and other creatures which occupies the universe. In this search we uncovered that there must be a metaphysical entity/region, which exists beyond our own powers and understandings that was responsible for creation itself. This is the birth of Creationism which are cosmological notions that describes how the entirety of creation itself, came into being through events of supernatural/divine action.
Let's stop for a second. Let's think about all the perceived technological, industrial, rational, societal and intellectual advances the human race has experienced over the past 2000 years or so. These advances helped us to mould into being the efficient, well-oiled and connected contemporary societies humans live in today which is good, no? However, according to John Green "with every choice, something is gained and something is lost". What had we lost to make possible all these perceived advancements by humans?