Unit 3: Wood Relief

Reflection (Interpretation):
Upload a photograph of both sides of your wood relief carving.  

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Explain why the word you have carved is personally significant to you. Share about the meaning and personal connections.

The two words I chose was “desolation” and “isolation”. Desolation was actually the first word that came to my mind when I was thinking for a word. For some reason, ever since Grade 7 started, I’ve been personally attached to the word “desolation”. This personal attachment started when I watched the movie “The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug”. Ever since I saw this movie, I felt as if I grew a new pair of eyes. People tend to see beauty in other people’s faces, sceneries from nature or artwork, but after watching this movie, I seemed to find beauty in destruction, war, and desolation. I just thought, the greyness, the plainness and the sadness radiating off a desolated scenery. So for my first wood sculpture, I carved out a bare tree, ravens and the word “desolation” in The Hobbit’s font.

For isolation, I just thought I wanted to have a word that rhymes with my first word, on which the first word that came to me was isolation. Isolation just seemed to be one of the factors to desolation. But this time, while making this second wood work, I wanted a simple theme, with colour. So I used the figure of a lone human being walking on water, with their reflection, and used that human being as the “i” in the isolation. I wanted one single theme for both carvings, so I stuck with the theme of desolation.
How does the colour of your painting relate to your word choice?

I used grey for my first carving, desolation, and blue for my other one, isolation. Grey fits my theme because desolation tends to refer to the effect of war or the remains of a battlefield. Since grey can mean a very grim, sad colour, and desolation means something similar to that, so I used grey for the first carving, desolation. For the isolation one, my theme was a sole person walking a puddle of water, with their reflection. So I used blue because blue is the colour of the water that the person is walking on.
Identify the other pictorial (picture) elements of both your word carvings.  What do they represent or symbolise?

For the desolation, I carved out the a bare tree which represents the theme of desolation. Usually desolation is the opposite of life, more like death or cold winters. So when I thought of life, I thought of a spring tree, with flowering leaves. Since desolation is the opposite of that, I thought in winter, there are bare trees. So for desolation, I carved a bare tree.

For the isolation, I carved out the person walking on shallow water, with their reflection. The person is looking down, as if they’re disappointed or depressed. Isolation is usually about depression and sad emotions. So I thought, since the the person is alone with only their reflection, it could symbolise that they are isolated with only themselves, and they are alone with only their feelings. That’s how I decided to carve out the person walking on shallow water.
What improvements could you make?

I could spend more time maybe burning the wood, because I personally wanted to experience the burning process, but the only thing I burned was the reflection of the person walking on water. I think I should’ve added some burning to the first side, or the desolation side.
Research (Understanding):
Watch this Ted talk video about the artist Candy Chang and respond to the questions below.  http://bit.ly/1w4NKBl
What are the materials that Candy uses in her work?

Chalk, an abandoned house, spray paint, creativity, grief from the death of her friend, and compassion to help others.
Explain how Candy uses language and people in her work.

Unlike other artists, Candy used other people’s thoughts and quotes to create her own artwork. While other people work independently and complete their artpiece without any interaction with the public, Candy created a base to an artwork, and the public just evolved around it and helped Candy make it.
What is the purpose of her work?

To help others clarify about their identity, their worries and fears, and to show others that they are not alone. Also to combine and connect the public together by displaying people’s feelings out for everyone to see.
How effective do you find her work? Is it successful? Why or why not?

I think Candy’s work is a step closer to connecting different kinds of people together. Inequality is often seen in many countries, and by letting people know that they are not alone by anonymously sharing other people’s thoughts, we can join different people and possibly stop inequality, whether it’s gender inequality or skin colour inequality. So I do find her work effective, and we can continue her idea by spreading these artwork and make more of these “sharing boards”.

Unit 5: Critique on Work of Do Ho Suh

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Describe it:

  • What do you see?

A chainmail armour or coat that seems to be hanging in mid air.

  • What observations can you make about the work?

The inside is made so that there is a hallow structure supporting the art piece, but the inside of the hallow structure is lined with mirrors to make it seem like it’s not there. And the chainmail extends all the way out the door.

Relate it:

  • What does the work remind you of?

One of those Chinese warrior’s armour, when they’re all draped in metal and fancy coats. Kind of like a war dress/coat.

Analyze it:

  • What can you share about the form, function, and/or construction?

If this coat was real, then the function would to serve war, while the form a cross, but with the top cut off. If you look at this other artwork by Do Ho Suh, you can see the style Do Ho Suh has. He often does coats, without the heads, and makes it look really formal and orderly. I can also see that the coat has a dragon scale pattern, or a fish scale pattern. The coat’s pattern also might resemble crocodile leather, on which both material, the dragon scale and crocodile leather are both very tough material and hard to penetrate. This might symbolise that Do Ho Suh wanted the coat to look like a armour that couldn’t be penetrated. The colour, shiny silver, also might symbolise that this coat is meant for someone with high status or honour.

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  • What is the most interesting part of the work?

I think the way that Do Ho Suh made the inside look invisible was the most interesting. Putting mirrors inside the coat and having the lighting shine on the surface of the coat makes the coat look very majestic. Also, the fact that the mirrors make the inside not that obvious, it adds the element of creepiness since when when someone briefly glances at it, it looks like a floating coat.

  • What questions would you ask the artist about the work?

Why did you spread out the coat so much? Why did you cut off the head part? What inspired you to create this artwork?


Interpret it:

  • What title would you give the work?

Ghost’s Armour.

  • Why do you think the artist chose this kind of work to create?

Maybe because he comes from Korea, where North Korea is suffering from communism. These strict uniforms and the serious mood might represent Do Ho Suh’s feelings toward Korea. He also might have chose to do this work because he wanted to raise awareness about North Korea’s communism, or maybe even the entire Korea’s culture.

Evaluate it:

  • How successful is the work?

If success means impressive, then yes, this was very impressive. If success means sold for a lot of money, then I’m not quite sure if this artwork is even for sale.

  • What is the most impressive aspect of the work?

How he made the inside invisible, and how steady and consistent the pattern looked. Maybe even how he supported the structure of the coat.

  • How relevant is the work to issues in your life or society today?

Well, this armour might represent how in life, we always have to protect ourselves, whether physically or socially. But there should be a gap in this armour where our loved ones are, how we trust them and give them all we have. On the other hand, the mirrors on the interior might represent that we have to constantly reflect on ourselves, see what errors we have, fix them, and not just focus on other people. Lastly, the everlasting pattern of scales/alligator leather might represent that life has consistent times, where all you have to do is training, practicing and boring text book reading. But that is for the better good, to protect yourself like the pattern is imprinted on the armour that we all must wear.


Unit 4: Pottery “The Unconventional Pot”

  1. How was your process similar and/or different to Yee SooKyung’s work:


In many ways, my process was similar and different from Yee SooKyung’s work. Yee SooKyung had evidently used different pieces from different pots to assemble together, and form a new pot. My process was similar to that; I took another person’s pot, took mine, then somehow connected them together to form a new pot. But on the other hand, my process is very different from Yee SooKyung’s work. While she made a pot, I only made half a pot. While she made a whole shape that could be recognized as a rough circle, my work only resembled a semicircle. So our process and final result are similar but also differ in many ways.

    2)  Is your final form a pot? Please explain with the use of examples.

Sadly, no, my final form is not a pot. In fact, if you combine the other halves, it might resemble a pot. I took my pot and another person’s pot, and somehow managed to fit her pot into mines, so that it would look like a pot with another pot inside but cut in half. The definition of a pot is a round container of some kind, that can contain something. My pot, however, cannot contain anything, so therefore is not considered a pot.

Unit 4: Pottery “Inspired by Object”

Explain how you used your object in your final design

My final design was modelled after a Roman helmet, the one with the plumes of hair. For the hair design, I used my object, which is a bottle cap, and made the imprints with the sides of the bottle cap.

Explain how you are connected to your object and why it is personally significant to you.

Well, a bottle cap isn’t really useful to me, but it is meaningful. When we were little, me and my sister used to collect bottle caps, just to see what we could do with them. Sometimes we would combine two of them and make a box, containing something small in it. Other times we would marvel over how unique the bottle cap was from the others. In a way, the bottle cap itself represents our childhood silliness.

What are some improvements that could be made?

I could make the hair more realistic, instead of making it look like a dragon’s spikes or a mohawk, so when someone glances at the pot they’ll immediately see the connection with the Roman helmet. I could also make it more like the pot is resting on top of the actual “cup” and not the “head” of the guy who’s wearing the helmet.

What are some achievements you are proud of?

I’m proud of the idea that I came up with. It’s not easy connecting a bottle cap and a Roman helmet. I’m also proud of how I managed to turn a helmet into a pot, which was actually one of my main challenges in this project. Last of all, I think I did well on supporting the structure, because the helmet’s structure makes it really easy to break off anytime.

Unit 4: Pottery “Clay Slab Relief”

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What are 3 key differences between working with clay and wood for relief sculpture? (What are you able to do with clay that you cannot do with wood?)

The first thing that comes to mind is that wood is obviously much harder and not-easier to work with. Clay is such a soft material that you can “erase” your mistakes with your finger by blending over the mistake, unlike the wood. With wood, once something is imprinted or carved into the wood, it can’t be reversed. Even if you can paint over the mistake, you can still feel it with your finger. Working with clay has it’s benefits and downfalls, and wood also has it’s benefits and downfalls. When you work with clay, it’s easier to restart, to form shapes with your hands, and easier to mould into a abstract 3D shape because of it’s soft form. On the other hand, when you work with clay, all the imprints left behind when you blend the clay with a tool or something is left there. Every crease, fold and crack etc stays there, and once the clay is fired, it doesn’t look that great as it might when you blended it when it was still soft. So you can see clay as a material you want to use when creating 3D shapes that is just to show the overall and bigger picture.

On the contrary, wood is a material you want to use for precision. Indeed, wood is a very hard material and often is stubborn and hard to bend to your will, oft times leaving you with sore fingers after carving out with the knives. Strength, patience and precision is required when working with wood, and usually not much people have the patience and precision to work with wood. Moreover, wood is the exact material you will want to use when seeking for precise details and a “woody” feeling. While clay is not that useful when seeking for precision, wood is a good material to use that can display the details in a very natural way. Therefore these are the differences between working with clay and wood for relief sculpture.

Romeo and Juliet: 1968


Act 1: Scene 1: 

The story begins in the markets of Verona, Italy. Three servants from the Capulet’s family seek to stir trouble in the markets, and find their pick as they see servants from the Montague’s family. Capulet’s servants first “bite their thumb” at the servants from Montague. Biting their thumb was like sticking your middle finger up back in those days. The Capulet servants say they did not intend to “bite their thumb”, but later on stir trouble by knocking over women with children. Montague’s servants are outraged by this, and start to fight and wrestle with the Capulet servants. This breaks out into a full on fight, between Montague and Capulet. Benvolio, Romeo Montague’s cousin, tries to settle peace between these servants, but Tybalt Capulet, Juliet’s cousin, does not wield and the fight continues.

Soon word had reached to Romeo’s father and to Juliet’s father. Both have the urge to join the fight, even when their wives insist not to. Before they can join the fight, Prince Escalus of Verona comes and stops the fight, shaming both families. Later on, Romeo’s mother questions where Romeo’s whereabouts are, and Benevolio says he can go track on why Romeo is acting strangely these days. But Romeo refuses to tell, stomping off.


Act 1: Scene 2:

In this scene, Paris is discussing matters with Juliet’s father, Lord Capulet. Abruptly, Paris asks for Juliet’s hand for marriage, and Lord Capulet does not seem that sure. He hesitates before he answers, saying that Juliet has not even reached her 14th birthday. Lord Capulet says she is a bit young for marriage, but then encourages Paris to speak to her. Lord Capulet says that Paris has to “persuade” Juliet to marry her


Act 1: Scene 3:

In this scene, Juliet’s mother, Lady Capulet, is calling for Juliet to discuss urgent matters. They speak in privacy with Juliet’s wet nurse. Lady Capulet is about to tell Juliet about Paris proposing to her, but Juliet’s nurse interrupts and goes on and on about how cute and excellent Juliet was as a baby. She does so until they arrive at the subject of marriage and Lady Capulet intercepts in, talking about Paris’s proposal. Juliet is stunned, and her nurse encourages her fully to take on Paris’s hand. Just then, Lady Capulet was called to the ball since the guests were coming, and Lady Capulet asks if Juliet can love Paris.


Act 1: Scene 4:

In this scene, Romeo is seen with Mercutio and others. Mercutio wants Romeo to join the ball, but Romeo is uncertain because of a dream he had. Mercutio makes fun of Romeo, saying he also had a dream that often dreamers tell lies. Mercutio goes off making stories about “Queen Mab” on which he claims Romeo has dreamt of. In the end, Mercutio falters, since he does not know what lies ahead for his story. Romeo speaks softly and says Mercutio should stop, for all he is saying are dreams. Afterwards, Mercutio and his friends skip away to the ball, leaving Romeo behind. Romeo hesitates. People are pressuring him to join the ball, but he has a strong urge because he feels as if there is something foul that will happen in the ball.


Act 1: Scene 5:

In this scene, Romeo enters the masquerade ball. He enters with his friend, Mercutio. They dance and sing with those in masks, until Romeo sees Juliet. Juliet is dancing with another, but Romeo has his eyes on her. He thinks that Juliet is the definition of true beauty. Later, Juliet sees Romeo. She cannot see his face, since he’s wearing a mask. But she does seem him constantly staring at her. So after the dance, when the others are listening to someone sing, Romeo seeks to find Juliet, while Juliet seeks to find Romeo. They both hide behind the crowds of those who are listening to the singing, and finally Romeo sees Juliet at the same time Juliet sees Romeo. Romeo takes Juliet’s hand and asks for a kiss. Juliet sees Romeo’s actual face, and falls all over him. They kiss twice, but then Juliet’s mother calls for her, so she departs. Later, Romeo finds out that Juliet is a Capulet, and Juliet finds out that Romeo is a Montague. They are both stunned to find out they have fallen in love with their enemy


Act 2: Scene 1:

This scene takes place after the ball. Romeo decides to turn back, and runs away from his friends. While they are stumbling around like drunken folk, calling for Romeo, Romeo climbs the garden wall over to Juliet’s house. His friends leave, thinking Romeo has also left. Romeo sees that he has entered the walls of Juliet’s house.


Act 2: Scene 2:

In this scene, Romeo sees Juliet at her balcony from the garden. Romeo hears Juliet talking to the stars, about how dearly she loves Romeo. Juliet prays that Romeo can change his name, so that they can love freely without the bonds of hate between their families. Romeo hears this and surprises Juliet by promising to change his name. Juliet is thrilled at first, to see Romeo and his familiar voice. But she is wary and thinks Romeo is a spy, a replacement. Romeo promises it is him by pledging his love to her. Both are thrilled by each other’s company, until Juliet hears her nurse calling her. She tells Romeo to stay, but Romeo asks if she will leave him unsatisfied. Romeo asks for Juliet’s hand, proposing for a marriage, and Juliet undoubtedly agrees. Then for a moment, Juliet is gone. Romeo is empty without her presence, and Juliet hears his pledges of love to her. But not long after they start kissing, Juliet is called away again. They promise a time to meet up again, at 9 in the morning the next day. Then Juliet leaves.


Act 2: Scene 3:

In this scene, Friar Laurence is seen picking herbs when Romeo appears beside him. Romeo asks if Friar Laurence can marry him and Juliet, and Friar Laurence is taken back by Romeo’s sudden abruptness in romantic interest. He scolds Romeo about not long ago looking forlorn about Rosaline’s decline, and the sudden change to Juliet. Romeo chases Friar Laurence all the way to the church, until Friar Laurence sees the Christ cross and decides that if Romeo and Juliet marry, it might as well heal the hatred between two families. So he agrees to marry the star crossed lovers.


Act 2: Scene 4:

In this scene, Mercutio is wondering where Romeo is, since he disappeared last night. Benevolio says that Tybalt Capulet has set out a challenge to kill Romeo. Mercutio simply says Tybalt is a killer in the soul. After they set out on the streets, they see Romeo and the three of them joke about love. When Juliet’s nurse comes along to pass Romeo a message, Mercutio makes fun and mocks the nurse, teasing her until she is infuriated. The nurse and Romeo enter the church, with the nurse cursing all the way, and the nurse informs Romeo of the time and location of the marriage. The nurse is thrilled to hear that Romeo has pledged himself to Juliet, and happily talks about how cute Juliet was as a baby.


Act 2: Scene 5:

In this scene, Juliet is anxious on her nurses’ return. When the nurse finally does come, she takes her time to explain to Juliet. Juliet is impatient and angry, yet interested to see what news the nurse has come back with. The nurse mocks and teases Juliet, changing subjects until she spills the news. The nurse says Juliet must go to Friar Laurence’s church to be married to Romeo. Juliet bounds of happily to meet Romeo.


Act 2: Scene 6:

In this scene, Romeo is seen talking with Friar Laurence. Friar Laurence warns Romeo to love Juliet only moderately, for consequences could be severe. Then Juliet arrives, and the star crossed lovers tell each other how much they love each other, with Friar Laurence trying to separate them from too much kissing. Then Friar Laurence takes both to the church and up the steps to the altar, where the two are ready to be married.


Act 3: Scene 1:

In this scene, Romeo and Juliet are already married. Mercutio is with Benevolio, joking and teasing each other. Benevolio says do not mess with the Capulets, but Mercutio argues that Benevolio is just as good of a fighter as Mercutio is. Then the Capulets arrive, along with Tybalt. Tybalt is searching for Romeo, and Mercutio pretends to be all silly. Just at the right time, Romeo arrives at the scene, and Tybalt challenges Romeo to a duel. Romeo declines, for he doesn’t want to feud with Juliet’s cousin. But Mercutio steps up, and challenges Tybalt. Tybalt agrees, and they duel all the while laughing. It is not known to the public, only to Mercutio and Tybalt, that Tybalt has wounded Mercutio, a fatal blow in the chest. In fear, Tybalt flees. Mercutio pretends he defeated the Capulets, and jokes around with the public. Mercutio tells Romeo that he is wounded, just before he dies. Romeo is shamed, angered and chases after Tybalt. Romeo and Tybalt duel, until Romeo manages to kill Tybalt before fleeing. Now the Capulet family is angered.


Act 3: Scene 2:

In this scene, Juliet and her nurse are mourning over Tybalt’s death. At first, Juliet blames Romeo, but then sides with Romeo and defends him, saying that if Romeo had not killed Tybalt, then Tybalt would have killed Romeo. It shifts to where the Montagues and the Capulets bring both their dead to the Prince, where Lady Capulet wants Romeo killed. But Benevolio tells the truth to the Prince, and the Prince decides to just exile Romeo. Then at Friar Laurence’s house, Romeo is throwing a tantrum. Juliet’s nurse comes and asks for Romeo’s presence at Juliet’s home, while Friar Laurence tries to calm Romeo. At one point, Romeo wants to kill himself, but Friar Laurence stops him. After that, Romeo had one last night with Juliet before he was exiled to Manuta, leaving Juliet by herself.


Act 3: Scene 3:

In this scene, Juliet is crying over Romeo’s exile. Lady Capulet first thinks Juliet is crying over Tybalt’s death, but then thinks that she’s crying because no revenge has been brought out yet over Tybalt’s death. Lady Capulet then thinks that the news of Paris proposing to Juliet will cheer her up, but instead Juliet promptly refuses. Lady Capulet tells this to her husband, and Capulet is so infuriated that he says if Juliet refuses to marry Paris, then she will be banished from the Capulet family. Juliet is desperate. She seeks for her nurses’ advice, but the nurse agrees that Juliet must marry Paris, and has turned against Romeo. Juliet pretends to listen to the nurses’ advice, but instead seeks Friar Laurence’s advice. Then if Friar Laurence agrees that Juliet must marry Paris, then Juliet will commit suicide.


Act 4: Scene 1:

In this scene, Paris is talking to Friar Laurence about Juliet when Juliet appears, anxious to speak with Friar Laurence. Paris sees Juliet, and teases her, wanting to develop some affection and response. Juliet pledges to talk with Friar Laurence alone, and Paris leaves, thinking Juliet will marry him. Juliet begs Friar Laurence for some sort of plan, because she would rather die than marry Paris. Friar Laurence stops Juliet before she suicides, he says something has sparked a hope. Friar Laurence tells Juliet to drink this vial of drug, which will make Juliet appear dead, but actually awake for 42 hours. In the meantime, Friar Laurence will write letters to Romeo, and Romeo will come back to “rescue” Juliet when she wakes. Juliet happily agrees to this plan.


Act 4: Scene 2:

In this scene, Juliet tells her father that she agrees to marry Paris. Her father is so happy that he decides to move the wedding to Wednesday. Juliet then persuades her mother and nurse to leave her alone, then dreads over how many things can go wrong with drinking the vial of poison. But she decides that it’s better than marrying Paris, so she drinks the vial of poison from Friar Laurence.


Act 4: Scene 3:

In this scene, Friar Laurence is seen giving a letter for Romeo to a monk who will pass by Manuta. Juliet’s nurse tries to wake Juliet, but fails and realises that Juliet is “dead”. The Capulet family runs wild with Juliet’s death, especially Lady Capulet and Juliet’s nurse. The funeral proceeds, but Romeo’s servant, Balthasar, sees that Juliet is dead, and quickly rides on a horse to tell Romeo. On the way, Balthasar passes by the monk with the message.


Act 5: Scene 1:

In this scene, Balthasar tells Romeo that Juliet is dead. Romeo rushes back to Verona, passing the monk with the message on the way. Romeo passes by the apothecary on the way, determined to die along with Juliet. Romeo tells Balthasar to leave, live his own life and prosper, while Romeo enters Juliet’s grave to die beside her.


Act 5: Scene 2:

In this final scene, Romeo enters the grave of the Capulets. Romeo sees Tybalt, and pleads for forgiveness. The Romeo spots Juliet, and mourns deeply for her death. He tells her how much he loves her, then drinks the vial of poison from the apothecary, thus dead. A few moments later, Friar Laurence comes to visit the grave, where Balthasar is outside waiting anxiously for Romeo. Balthasar’s words about Romeo chills Friar Laurence, but he goes in anyway. There, he spots Romeo’s corpse. Grieving, Friar Laurence doesn’t notice that Juliet is waking until she makes a sound. When Juliet asks where Romeo is, Friar Laurence avoids the question and flees because of the noise above the grave. When Juliet sees Romeo’s dead body, she wails and weeps for Romeo. In the end, she uses Romeo’s dagger to end her own misery, joining Romeo in death.

In the end, the Prince of Verona banished both families, blaming the Montagues and Capulets for Romeo and Juliet’s death. Both went their separate ways, enemies still to the very day. But what they both had in common was the tale of tragic Romeo and Juliet.



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Romeo and Juliet Reflection

What have you learned from the contrasts between your responses and your parents?

My mom’s responses:

One who is humorous, caring, one who encourages others to strive forward and become a better person

My responses: 

Someone who is the opposite of me (ie. if x is good at math and science, then y is good at language arts and social studies)


Our responses are not exactly the opposite, but they differentiate in many ways. I think along a path about my flaws, how a soul mate should help you in your flaws. My mom’s response goes along a caring, compassionate person who should encourage others to be a better soul person. I learn that even when we all know that everyone is unique and thinks in a different manner, there’s still surprise when even a mother and daughter can differentiate so much.

That’s why we should always be prepared to become surprised in anyway.