Throughout this project, I have learnt a lot about the willingness that people have to engage in activities. I always thought that in order to engage any number of people, a rewards system must be put in place. Never in my life have I seen people do things for free and it is not very frequent that people do things out of the kindness of their heart.
The concept of doing something for free in this day and age seems impossible, people always want something. Even in this project I want people to draw on a canvas for the sake of helping me do an assessment, there is no real reward for doing it; yes they may get to have 20 seconds of fun, but is that the reward that has enticed so many people to participate?
Although I am not surprised that so many people were willing to draw on the canvases, I am surprised how much the physical environment dictated their creativity.
Draw on me #1 (At North Wollongong beach)
In the case of the canvas at the beach, it seemed that people were very fixated on representing what they saw. It seemed like they wanted to capture the moment in which they were living. There were pictures of waves, surfers, flowers, fish, whales, grass, boats and dogs, all these items could be seen if you were standing at the canvas.
The beach canvas, in this case, has been able to create a visual representation of what is on the mind of people at this particular place at this particular time. I know that not all elements of the canvas are related to the beach directly, but each item in this piece works together to represent a beach.
Even when I went home to dry the canvas, two of my housemates asked, “Did you put that down at the beach?” It is clear that even for people who have no idea where or why it was created, they can accurately guess that it is a representation of a beach.
Draw on me #2 (At Crown St Mall)
Although this particular canvas went through an unimaginable transformation, I believe that it was able to create a raw representation of a person’s mind.
It is not clear what the canvas means or represents, it is very abstract and it can almost depict whatever you want it to.
Once again, I believe that the physical environment in which the lady was in when she painted the canvas has been represented.
On a cold Thursday morning where rain is causing social angst and unhappiness, this lady has used a number of dark colours to engulf and overpower any remains of what was previously there.
I feel as though this overpowering and smothering nature is a metaphor for the society in which we live and the environment she is in.
This concept over overpowering is also evident by looking at the edges of the canvas; this lady has gone out of her way to paint on all the sides as well the front. By once again referring to the metaphor, if you look at the front of the canvas and society everything seems quite normal. But with the canvas being painted on the side it seems there is no escape and no room for colour or change, it is like we are trapped with no way out.
Draw on me #3 (At Wollongong University)
A university is a place for people to come follow their dream, everyone is in an upbeat mood because they are able to express themselves and follow a path of their choice.
In this canvas you can see deeper concepts, people have not only thought about drawing something, they have analysed why and how. It almost seems like they have approached it the same way they would approach an essay.
I am not saying that all the pictures on the canvas have done this, but I feel as though a lot have.
Once again, it is evident that the area in which the canvas was placed has determined what got drawn or written.
People have taken their time in an intellectual way to think about what they are going to add.
University life has also been put all over the canvas too; the use of hashtags clearly helps to represent the demographic of the artists participating.