- Explain why the word you have carved is personally significant to you. Share about the meaning and personal connections.
Look: I feel that the word “look” is significant to me because we don’t really appreciate and “look” in our lives. We just go on with our lives day by day, but if you maybe look around you might see someone sad or someone lonely that you could help. So just by looking around you might see something that you could do to help someone.
Change: I feel that the word “change” is significant to me because it reminds me that I should really change my attitude whenever I am acting negative, and that change is possible. We are lucky enough to have the opportunity to change, and we should cherish it.
- How does the color of your painting relate to your word choice?
Look: I feel that black really matches the meaning behind the word because I want it to be simple but convey meaning, which black portrays. Black also makes the word pop out, which is important.
Change: I feel that pink and purple matches the meaning behind change because I feel it is a happy word, and pink makes most people happy. Change also reminds me of the color pink, since its cheeful and light.
- Identify the other pictorial (picture) elements of both your word carvings. What do they represent or symbolise?
Look: I put glasses replacing the two o’s in the word. Some people can’t really see without glasses, so it could symbolize how its blurry or unclear without looking around and thinking about others, but after you care and “put the glasses on” things start to get clear.
Change: For the word change I carved birds flying away from a tree. The birds flying are supposed to symbolize that we could fly away or part from the wrong that we are doing, and change our ways.
- What improvements could you make?
Look: I feel that next time I could make the glasses more defined to let it stand out since it is one of the major points of the carving.
Change: I think that next time I should make the words neater and cleaner since they look quite messy when they are supposed to be more elegant.
- What are the materials that Candy uses in her work?
Candy uses simple tools like stickers, pencils, and chalk but the impact and meaning behind her work is much more complex. The project she has been working on now also included buildings and stencils as well.
- Explain how Candy uses language and people in her work.
Candy knew that all of the people living in New Orleans mostly spoke the same international language (English), so she created a project like “Before I die…” which let them write down what they wanted to achieve before passing away.
- What is the purpose of her work?
Candy’s close friend had passed away, and after contemplating about death it inspired this “Before I die…” project. The purpose of her work is to let you remember that you are not alone, help us to understand our neighbors, make space for reflection in our lives, and remind us to remember what matters most to us even if we are changing.
- How effective do you find her work? Is it successful? Why or why not?
In my opinion I find her work very effective. It has made me take a step back and reflect on what I want to accomplish before my death. It frightens me how we could die at any moment, but now I know what I want to do before this time comes. It is also very successful for others as the whole world has contributed and shared their thoughts. So in conclusion this was a extremely great project for Candy, and even though it seems simple it creates a huge impact on people.