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”.

The Definition of Wood Relief

As many sculptors know, there are two different types of wood relief. The low relief sculpture and the high relief sculpture.


So first, what is wood relief? In the sculpture world, relief sculpture is any work which comes from the wall, but stands out. The sculpture seems to have different elevation, either sticking out or going into the background. This is an example of relief sculpture:

Low relief:

The carving, instead of sticking out, will be part of the background. It’s carved into the surface instead of sticking out of the flat surface. 

High relief:

High relief is obviously the opposite of low relief. Instead of hollowing in, it’s sticking out, so that if you feel it it has a a 3D surface. High relief sculptures stand out more than the background. High relief sculptures often look like another work of art, but they are still connected to the wall.