Here are the two 24″ by 36″ painted canvases in a gradation of red and blue using oil and acrylic paint. Both canvas received an acrylic wash of red or blue which was allowed to drip. The final layer of oil paint was then applied using paint thinner and linseed oil as a mixing medium; the colors used were ivory black, titanium white, and alizarin crimson or permanent blue.
Here is a link to the tutorial for the basis of the technique used to apply the paint.
Here is the 21 second loop of Og moving the wallet, this piece is to be projected on to a painted canvas and looped in sync with Og breaking the mirror;which is yet to be made.
Og’s hiding of a wallet is anther way ins which he attacks the identity of the cursed individual, as wallets holds so much information –Identification cards and papers, methods of financial an capitalistic identification, and social and economic membership cars and papers– that it is a key and crucial thing to an individuals life. And the loss or theft of this object sets into motion a chain of emotional and situational repercussions; worry, fear, anxiety, the need to find or cancel the sensitive information that was contained with in.
This is my current plan for installing my works where there will be two animations playing at a time–wallet and mirror, and then key and chewing– projected onto painted canvas, and a larger projected image of tiki Og against the long wall. The animations projected on canvas will run on a loop for a few minuets, and then stop, with a fifth projection of ogg jumping from one side of the room moving across to the other, interacting with three dimensional objects; boxes, tubes.
Here I rendered the scanned files through Final Cut Pro, and overlaid them with the composite multiply on top of an appropriated painting found through google search.
Here is an earlier attempt at the final goal of projecting the animation onto a painted canvas.
Using a combination of traditional and digital media, I explore animation and the ideas of white culture and its use of cultural appropriation. The Character Og is a figure to be associated with the Hawaiian goddess Pele and her mythical curse. He is a spirit who’s duty is to possess any piece of stolen stone or rock and bring out Pele’s wrath in the form of distraction and bad luck. Throughout the piece Og can be seen in these instances of misfortune where he attacks items that are commonly associated with an individuals identity.
The media used to accomplish this piece includes color pencil, graphite, oil paints on canvas, and digital software. The finished images are rendered into short animated clips that are meant to be projected onto painted canvas, with additional digitally created images. A further goal is to have an additional animation that when displayed through projection seems to interact with three-dimensional objects.
The common theme of identity and its place in the investigation of what white culture is in the United States, and how the melting pot has been flavored with a variety of cultures; and how those cultures have been reformed through commercial capitalism and pop culture. This can be seen specifically thought the adaption of the Polynesian culture in the 40’s and 50’s with tiki culture.
Here are a few ideas and possible scenes that may be animated where Og is attacking the items that are commonly associated with a persons identity.
Eating car keys
Moving a wallet
Knocking over a kids building blocks…okay okay, this was more for expression and character development, and a bit of fun.
chewing on a power cable or cord, inspired by our dog Echo who was craving metal one day.
and breaking a mirror, even though he was happy and smiling he broke it by looking at it, this is also a common symbol of bad luck.
The process of developing Og, and finding how he fits into the concept of culture and the appropriation of culture has led to questions of “why”; why does cultural appropriation happen, why –in my experience– is the act of cultural appropriation completed by white americans. Is it the lacking of a visible white culture, or the lack of a strong rooted tradition in the US. Is that why so much of eastern cultures (Polynesian) have been turned into novelty and commercialized items.
These are just questions I have begun asking.
Meet Og, bringer of destruction and bad luck, servant of the goddess Pele, she who curses any man who dares to steal from her home.