Blog: Final Projects in Process

Week 3 of Final Project Blog: Don Chavez 04/20/2020

This week I’m deciding and looking into the images I have been able to collect from the Lyle Center before the Pandemic occurred being able to see what I can do with the transformation of the images being combined into something new seeing a new path within the image. I’m looking forward into creating more as I go hoping to have a collection of photos that depict the Lyle Center.

These are so great Don! They all look so different yet create the same sense of place. I think this idea is good to observe as it can allow the audience to come up with their own interpretation of space within these collaged images. My favorite so far is this third collage. Cannot wait to see the rest of the collection! – Alondra

Week 3 of Final Project Blog: Alondra D Delgado

Alondra, I like that the two sides are inverses of each other with these spidery red lines as connection. The juxtaposition is interesting, as the maps are of the same place but the paths and points vary. -Hannah

4/23/2020 Hannah Kaiser

I started the final with the idea of using Richard Long as inspiration for a project based at the center. I did get a few images and videos of shadow play while I was there, but I went only once before deciding to relocate to Oregon.

My project, though somewhat directionless to begin with, came to a halt. I made the switch to Cybele’s suggested final alternative, since I’ve been on the road and in new places for the past two weeks, a running log of where I’ve been has become the most manageable approach. I snap a picture at 8am, 12pm, and 8pm everyday. Since I spend a lot of time at my desk, I have a growing collection of pictures of the view out the window. 

I’ve been struggling with how to connect the project to the center, it is both physically and emotionally very far away right now. I am also trying to let go of my desire to have a contained project with an end goal that means something.

I’m inspired by Caitlin’s approach of simply layering her blind contours of the Lyle Center plants over the ones of her kitchen. It’s an uncomplicated way of making the connection, so I tried it. Here are a few pictures of process and results so far. 

This looks amazing. I love the shadow idea and the process looks stunning. Keep up the good work. -Tara

The shadows in the images you’ve collected show another side of seeing things and I never would of thought of that and I must say I can’t wait to see what comes next.

– Don Chavez

Chelsea Marks 4/23

For this weeks progress I did a painting that represented what was going on this week within society. We are starting to get cabin fever, and Its hard to not be able to go anywhere. The painting represents the mask and how it makes people feel. It’s the constant reminder of the virus; its the new filter to how we can experience nature. . The second painting is an overlay of the Lyle center, showing that you do not experience nature freely as before, but through a filter.

What a beautiful painting..the colors and textures are definitely evocative of what we’re going through right now. I love the way the overlay looks on top of it. The lines going down the middle look like a path of light, which makes it feel both eerie and hopeful, like there’s something good just out of our reach. -Caitlin

Hi Chelsea, this looks really nice. I think the colors you use give it the emotional effect we are experiencing. I also think that the layering is done very well. -Rosalia

Tara Diaz’s update

This week I decided to apply color to my work. I remembered saving some painting that I did in high school for photoshop class. I decided to apply them to the layering and see the effect. So far I like how it is coming so far. It gave it that factor that I thought was missing. I will continue working and instead of choosing one, I will choose multiple pieces for the final project.

Hello Tara, I really like the colors you added. I think it makes your textures stand out. Amazing! – Alondra

Caitlin Mouri
23 April 2020

This is my third batch of recycled paper. It didn’t rain this week, so I had to add the water myself. My tray did pick up some leaves from nearby trees, so I incorporated those. I also added a handful of fallen bamboo leaves from my front yard. The sheets are currently drying, so I haven’t drawn anything on them yet…I think the paper needs a bit of blue so I’m thinking of using blue ink this time. During the texture wander, I found a lot of bolts and screws and wire to use for the rubbings, and it was interesting to think about all the little pieces that hold the center together. I think I might revisit that motif for the next set of drawings.

Hello Caitlin, I am still so amazed at how great this process is. I feel like all these images you provide show a story. Hopefully, we can see it all put together at the end. I was wondering when do you know you are done? I don’t know my idea was, what if for the final one you can maybe combine the sheets into one big one? – Alondra

Rosalia P. Romero Part 2

This week I’ve kinda veered into a different part of the project process. I began to work on cutting and cropping images. I focused on selecting a specific subject in the image, then I chose to remove it from the context of the full picture. What I am left with is an isolated “thing” that now lives on a blank page. The images are both from the Lyle Center and from my home. Its been interesting for now, so let’s see what happens next!!

This is such a cool progress image! It’s amazing how different the objects seem when you take away the context. Are you planning to put them in a collage next? These are so compelling by themselves, but it would also be really interesting to see them with different backgrounds. – Caitlin

Hello Rosalia, I thing this is a good strategy. I think the scale of each image can help create more of a pathway sense of blank space in-between each object. I feel like there needs to be a little more intent with putting these together. I agree, maybe a collage can help or simply scaling these to your benefit. – Alondra

Russell Maruya-Final project update

With regards to my final project, I have asked various people whether they be other students who are not enrolled in the class, family members, or work colleagues to try out each of the different wander assignments and document their work. The overall purpose of having different people try out the different assignments is to see how people from different academic backgrounds and people from non-academic backgrounds view the concept of place making.

While the activities were originally meant to be conducted at the Lyle Center, due to the current public health situation a large percentage of the participants had to perform the different wander assignments at home. As a result, I modified the directions for the wander assignments that required the participant to go outside and slightly modified the focus of the project to focus on the positive side of the stay at home orders such as spending time with family, cleaner air due to the decrease in the number of vehicles on the road, cheaper gas prices, etc… If the participant is an essential worker, I gave them the option in the instructions to show how the current public health situation has affected various aspects of your daily life such as your commute to work, distance between coworkers, and number of people who frequent your place of work. In order to get in touch with various people for the project, I used various forms of communication such as emails, Facebook, GroupMe, and Instagram. Shown below are some of the conversations I had with some of the various participants for this project.

Hello Russell, that sounds like a good plan. It will be interesting seeing others’ perspectives. I wish we could actually see there progress though. Good luck! – Alondra

Macy Dreizler

I went to the center on April 14th with the intention of gathering materials to start making my final pieces but felt really disconnected from the place and ending up mostly taking photos and a few videos with the thought of maybe incorporating this into some kind of collage. It started to feel like it would be disingenuous or something to continue with the project without incorporating what is currently happening. I went back to the center on April 21st just to be in the space and reflect and write a bit and see what happened. I ended up taking a lot of videos (somewhat subconsciously and without real intention) and sort of fell into obsession with the look and sound of these dry leaves rolling around and scraping the concrete and recorded it. It was beautiful to be at the center, everything is overgrown and blooming and colorful and wild and I felt really grateful to have the space to be in. Filmmaking was a passion/career I wanted to be in when younger so as an adult I’ve felt this resistance to it since I have wanted to branch out into other media and not be limited by what I wanted in the past. After talking with Cybele I reflected on the possibility of pushing the boundaries of film as a media and what that could like for me. So, my final project is now a bit up in the air, but feels like a more relevant/exciting track than before. Here are a couple videos I took at the center on the 21st. Still thinking of ways I can make my project feel relevant and true to my experience currently.

I love love the idea of making this into a film. It could be about how nature has taken over after humans have stopped disturbing it. Keep at it. It’ll be awesome. -Tara

Neil Heacox

I revisited the center yesterday with the plan of a test run of my final project. Overall it went very well. I really like the idea of using materials around me to create something, and here I created a mock-up of my idea. It ended up looking like a campfire, an idea I love since it’s a symbol of human being since the beginning of time. It works so well that the branches hold up the flowers so that they look like flames. I had to laugh because it also looks like a bouquet (no matter how hard I try not to, everything I do turns out slightly gay). I’ve decided to call it Invasion Enlightenment.
I tried carving things into the dirt, but the soil is very tough. If I wanted to continue with my idea of writing symbols around the fire, I’d have to bring an actual tool to do so.
For my final attempt, I plan to make it much larger. I learned I will need to collect a lot more of the yellow mustard flowers so that they practically blaze in the sunlight, and if the thistles are still in bloom I will also incorporate those. It feels good to be cutting down these invasive flowers, as even though I hardly made a dent, every bloom cut down prevents more from growing back.
I managed to come out unscathed, despite all the bees, burrs, and knee-high grasses. Feeling very good and excited about this project!

I love the idea of flowers as fire. On the contrary it looks really romantic. Maybe do it for your partner sometime XD. But the idea and design looks really good. As for fire, maybe you can incorporate other plants as well since fire is yellow, orange and Red. Adding dry leaves would be good too. can’t wait to see how it looks-Tara

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