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Title: Freakitsch flock : an illustrative transmutation
Authors: Toh, Gillian Hui Ling
Keywords: DRNTU::Visual arts and music
Issue Date: 2014
Abstract: Contemporary visual culture has seemed to reach an image saturation point, due in part to developments within cultural production online. Even if one does not apply full attention to it, image is so ubiquitous that it percolates through one’s psyche in an almost a subconscious process. However, this occurs so fleetingly that image strangely becomes at once disposable even whilst it influences and informs our perceptions. In an attempt to make meaning out of this inundation of visual information, our relationship with image is evolving: it has become an object of resonance and commodity for self-expression. Freakitsch Flock: an Illustrative Transmutation aims to examine and reinterpret Tumblr visual subculture as I experience it, with specific interest in a niche where a subversive aesthetic of femininity has emerged, at once girlishly vulnerable and grotesque. It looks into the nature of imagery and take cues from how image may construct meaning through symbolism. Rather than communicating a specific message or revelation, the project is an expressive art experiment in “crowdsourcing” inspiration and subject matter guided by themes of gender and identity, and an attempt to process images more deeply and reconstructively through drawing.
Rights: Nanyang Technological University
Fulltext Permission: restricted
Fulltext Availability: With Fulltext
Appears in Collections:ADM Student Reports (FYP/IA/PA/PI)

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