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Draw on me reflection/analysis

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Draw on me #1 (At North Wollongong beach)

Although I had done a little bit of preparation last night, I still needed to load everything into my car. Packing the art supplies was going to be easy; however the painting easel and table were more of a concern. With all my time be occupied on the art supplies, I forgot to make sure that the table and easel would fit in my tiny Holden Astra. Thankfully, everything fit into my car with just enough room for two people to squeeze in.

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Once I was all packed, I headed to Campus East to pick up Daniel. With Dan not having his license, getting to different locations was going to be a little difficult for him. I know he could have caught the bus if need be, but I was more than happy to pick him up.

Once I had picked him up, we headed down to North Wollongong beach. Being a Saturday morning we were expecting quite a lot of people to be around, or at least we were hoping a lot of people would be around. After we found a car-park, we decided to first scout out an area where lots of people would see our project. At first, we thought we should put it next to the little coffee and food kiosk, but with this being too much of a high traffic area, people may feel judged and deterred from approaching the canvas. In the end, we decided to set up our project about 100m away from the kiosk right next to the footpath. By setting up here, we would get lots of people looking at it whilst on their walks. As well as being in a noticeable area, people can approach the canvas without feeling intimidated by 100 people drinking coffee and watching them.

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After we had finally set up our project at 10:10am, we went and sat down by the bank of the beach about 30m away. Whilst sitting there we both decided that by giving the public two hours to draw on the canvas we would be able to get plenty of authentic expressions.

Seeing though it was a Saturday morning and the weather was pretty warm, I was pretty confident that we would get about 10 people to draw on the canvas. If we had set up the canvas on a day that had crappy weather I would have put that number around 5, but seeing though it was a nice day I was assuming that people would be eager to have some fun and put something on the canvas.

It didn’t take long before someone approached the canvas and started to draw, it was about seven minutes in that we had our first artist. Although we couldn’t actually see what they were drawing, we were very excited that someone had actually approached it. Within the first 20 minutes several people had drawn on it and that is when Daniel and I decided to write down what time everyone drew on it. On top of this, we thought it would be a good idea to take progressive photos of the canvas.

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Drawer Time
Start: 10:10am Saturday 21st May 2016, North Wollongong Beach
#1 10:17
#2 10:24
#3 10:30
#4 10:33
#5 10:37
Took photo of canvas 10:50
#6 10:53
#7 11:01
#8 11:02
#9 11:03
#10 11:12
Took photo of canvas 11:15
#11 11:18
#12 11:23
#13 11:24
#14 11:25
#15 11:29
#16 11:39
Took photo of canvas 11:40
#17 11:52
#18 11:55
#19 12:01
Took photo of canvas and packed up project 12:10

Although it was quite easy to tell if an individual was drawing on the canvas, the same can’t be said for a group. In the event that a group of people would approach the canvas, we just counted this as one interaction. Sometimes a group would be there for a long time and other times they would be gone before you could blink, so that is why we decided to tally the interactions this way.

We also thought that it would have been a little creepy have two people staring at you from a distance just to see if you would draw on a canvas.

In the end, we had 19 interactions where an individual or a group would add something to the artwork. To be honest I am very surprised that there were so many people willing to take time out of their day just to draw on a random canvas.

With today being such a success, I hope that our Crown Street and University canvases are much the same.

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Introduction

Although we had been inspired by many different ideas from our trip to Redfern, Daniel and I decided that our social intersections project will involve leaving a canvas and art supplies in different locations around Wollongong and hoping people will draw on it.

Over three different days, a blank canvas will be left at North Wollongong beach, Crown Street Plaza and The University of Wollongong. Once we have set up the easel and table with art supplies on it, Daniel and I will watch from a distance and document how many and how frequently people are drawing on the canvas.

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The idea behind this artwork is to capture people’s raw and authentic thoughts in a particular place at a particular time. We did consider standing next to the canvas and asking people to draw on it, but we believe that this intrusive and demanding tactic would cause people to panic. By leaving the canvas unattended, we hope it will draw out originality and raw emotion through artistic expression.

The main focus and underlying theme of this project is to capture authentic expression. We want to be able to see people’s thoughts visually displayed on a canvas.

I think it will be very interesting to see what people will draw on each of the canvases. I believe that each location and their surroundings will play a big role in dictating what gets added to the artwork. When we set ourselves up at the beach, I am expecting to see stereotypical beach items e.g. sun, waves, surfboards and sand. Although I am unsure what will be added onto the Crown Street and University canvases, I believe that the environment in which it is placed will be represented in the artwork people create.

Although this particular project doesn’t really use either of our skills, we are both looking forward to the challenge of doing something a bit different. With craft and drawing being at the bottom of our leisure activities, we realised that neither of us had any items needed to carry out the project. At first, we thought it would be a fun challenge to see if we could source all of our material without spending any money, but with the deadline looming, we decided that buying the materials would be a lot easier and stress-free.

After coming to this realisation, we started to write down all the things we needed. With the list tallying around 25 items, we agreed that we were willing to spend $50 each in order to carry out this project. Although some of our items didn’t need to be bought (e.g. I had a table at home and we could borrow an easel from the art department), most of the items we needed should only cost a few dollars each.

Later that afternoon I went to Spotlight in Wollongong to pick up all the necessary equipment (pens, pencils, textas, paint, paint brushes, craft supplies, glue, sticky tape, 3 canvases, glitter, big sheets of cardboard). Although there were a lot of things to choose from, I decided to get a little bit of everything without going overboard. In the end, I spent just over $60 for everything that we needed, meaning that we were well under our $100 limit.

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After discussing in class that we should go on site on Saturday morning, I did a little preparation on Friday night. In order to entice people to draw on our canvas, we thought it would be a good idea to have two big sheets of cardboard that say “Draw on me”. By reading the words “Draw on me” and seeing a canvas with art supplies, we are hoping that people will be able to join the dots and proceed to draw/paint/create.

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