For Fine Arts, our broad brief was around a theme of ‘Traces’, although this was just a helpful starting point as the final design did not have to be linked to this.
We had to search the room for ‘traces’ of previous fine arts students remains… ( not dead bodies but the things they’d left behind.) I found a half used tube of bright red fake blood and a kitchen fork. From these I created a very sticky Rorschach image. We could do what we wanted- mistakes were not an issue.
After this and learning to become even more experimental, I wanted my next work to link to animals. My initial thoughts were of dinosaurs- my first intention was to merge dinosaurs/ extinct species and modern animals together in a weird taxidermy picture eg a Velociraptor with bat wings or a Dodo with a lobster.
But, I wanted to do something based on an old Goat skull I’ve had for years…. I find it a fascinating object- it’s appearance, the past that could be behind it. Saying that, how could I link it to traces?
My next path was to do a brainstorm of everything I could think of relating to goats/traces.
Should I make a huge bust? Make it into a helmet? As it was spanish breed should it be painted in red, yellow and black? Play with colours- paint it vibrant shades of pink, purple, blue?
At lunch – Eureka– The children’s fairy tale ‘Three Billy Goats Gruff’ was always a favourite as a child. Finally, the troll in the story was defeated by the final goat by butting it off the bridge!
I had the idea of goat vs troll- whichbecame trolling, then internet trolling. “Being a pest on the internet just as you can.”
I only had one attempt at this as I only had one resource- goat skulls aren’t easy to come by. So, a simple but effective idea was always my plan.
Painting the skull white, leaving the horns natural colour was a way to make the images stand out more. Also generally backdrops for computer screen are pale.
Finally I researched logos of sites ( old and new) where trolling predominantly happens. Not wanting to over clutter the skull, I selected the most recognisable designs: from chat sites, social networks and the internet.
The Final Display
- SciTechTalk: Are Internet trolls the price we pay for free speech? (upi.com)
- Three act structure: three billy goats gruff (lewisgravenellblog.wordpress.com)