One Way Only
Walk down that path, go ahead. Follow the sign. It says people walking. Where are you going? Do you know where you are headed in that unknown? Does anybody ever? With my work, I strive to represent humans interaction with nature as seen in parks. In this particular piece of mine, I wanted to show something else through my work: the unknown beauty in nature and how we have impacted it.
This year, I focused on representing parks and the nature within them and how humans have permanently touched the environment and organic earth. Fueled by this goal, I created "Doorway into the Unknown". Through this piece I am showing all that I have learned on my journey this year. Parks are beautiful and hold so much beauty and wonder. I think that sometimes people forget to look where they are and who and what they are impacting by intruding into nature. Parks protect nature and the world , but very often they also destroy some of the unknown. In my piece I show this through the signs that invite people in and show the "only" way forward, but further on in the distance one can see that nature has a mysterious aspect and cannot be intruded on because it is a magical world of its own.
The composition of my piece was really important to me. The shadows contribute to the message I am trying to convey through my photograph, but the light through the trees shows the attractiveness and invitational aspect to nature as well.
Throughout the process of creating my collage, I was unhappy. I viewed this experience as one of horror. I was butchering a living thing of beauty. My work was destroyed. I, at the end, came to a resolution. I actually loved my new piece. It conveyed my thoughts, feelings, talent, and experience on humans impact and all that I had learned throughout the year.
Without the support I received, I could never have accomplished what I have. My family was very supportive of my work throughout the entire year and artistic process. My art teacher, Ms. Ettenheim was also so wonderful in teaching me how to create the piece. Thank you to everyone who has helped and supported my classmates and I.