Monday, April 2, 2018

Research Project Proposal and Citations

  • a statement of the area of interest, thesis statement, introduction
  • a list of primary research (at least 6)
    • e.g. people interviewed, news articles. journals, artist inspirations, librarian assisted resources. catalog resources using Modern Lang Assoc. (MLA) citation methodology in your blog post
    • the class will participate in a research workshop with the UWF librarians
  • locations to conduct fieldwork
  • a list of no less than 4 kinds of information/sample collections/data they will gather in the field
  • a proposed statement of the type of final project/product you will design and create
    • include materials, size, and any other formal elements of the project
Area of Interest: Water Quality
Thesis: UWF student GPAs are directly correlated to the quality of water and amount of tds being ingested through local water sources.
Introduction: The overall quality of our drinking water is constantly undermined by the population as a whole. Most people are unaware of the high volume of impurities that exist in the water we consume each and every day. Everyone knows that water is essential to the survival of all life forms especially us, humans, but are you aware that their is something else lurking in your nearby water fountains? TDS, or total dissolved solids are also entering your body when you take a sip of water from the water fountain in between classes for example chloride, fluoride and sulfate are few of the many dangerous inorganic matter that we unknowingly consume for survival. Many “experts” inform us that our drinking water is safe, but is it really? Do the number of TDS vary from one water fountain to the next? Does this affect the overall health of students on our very own campus?
Primary Research

3. Artists in phillipines using polluted water for art (sparks conversation/intervention)
4. Health center interview with campus DR. on importance of water quality
5. Journal about previous water quality checks/water quality in the area
6. Emails sent out by UWF regarding water quality

Fieldwork Locations:
Sample collections/Data:
  1. TDS in samples of water all over campus (Art building,HLS, Library, Health, Commons)
  2. TDS in samples in surrounding pensacola area (Downtown, My sink, Beach)
  3. Student records that show overall GPA for each college at UWF
  4. Survey of students that questions whether or not they are aware of the water crisis
Final Project/artwork proposal: graphical representation of water quality issue/printed
Materials. Computer, Adobe Illustrator, Paper/print
Size. 11x14?

Formal Elements. Funny take to lighten the mood about drinking water and the effects it has on humans/Student GPA

Works Cited
Fitzpatrick, Jim, et al. “Giving Back To The Environment by Anthony Mwangi.” Fine Art America,
Gebreyes, Rahel. “Artists Are Painting With Polluted Water For An Important Reason.” The Huffington Post,, 31 May 2016,
“How Ocean Pollution Impacts Marine Life-and All of Us.” MarineSafe, 3 May 2016,
“Potential Well Water Contaminants and Their Impacts.” EPA, Environmental Protection Agency, 23 Feb. 2018,

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Week 7 Reflection Post:

I have enjoyed using the Brackets app. I plan on creating a variety of URLs that can be used professionally and within my own artistic portfolio. I have finally learned how to embed links and input audio which I find fascinating.  The w3 website has a lot of useful information regarding URL and code writing. This tool has come in handy over the past few weeks when I have struggled to arrange codes in brackets correctly. w3 is also very useful when trying to learn new ways to embed things into a web page.

I look forward to seeing what other students have created using Brackets. I am excited to critique another page, and gain some insight on things that I did not think of originally. I really appreciate new ideas and look forward to the continuation of using Brackets.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

GIF Articles:

A GIF can be considered a democratic entity due to its versatile nature. Meaning, that any and every user has the ability to interpret and enjoy one of these moving images. GIFS, nowadays have become a common form of communication, its purpose is usually to create a humorous mood or feeling. I think the GIF helps in breaking the communication barrier that arises from non-confrontational forms of communication such as direct messages via text. Sometimes it is hard for the texter to convey a message with proper emotion or intent leaving room for a reader to misinterpret the purpose or meaning behind said message. In this case, the GIF does a great job clarifying miscommunication. GIFS are very commonly seen on various social medias, and convey a clear message left to be interpreted throughout society. For example the same GIF can be understood by my dad, my best friend and my teacher alike, even though these individuals share very little in common with one another. The low tech method associated with GIFs also classifies a GIF as a democratic entity. This allows for a wide range a manipulation techniques, that can be achieved by all socioeconomic classes that exist. This also helps push the idea that GIFS can be easily interpreted and understood by the masses.

Photography is an art form that became prevalent in the early 1800s. Photographs can also serve a historical purpose, as cameras are able to capture once in a lifetime moments. A photo can be used to mark an important historical event, a priceless memory, or a candid moment between friends and family. The assigned reading, Essay: Icons as Fact, Fiction and Metaphor by Philip Gefter poses a question of whether or not photographers should be allowed to stage photos that depict history as we know it. Does this dilema cause viewers to question the authenticity of the moment captured by a photographer? “Truth-telling is the promise of a photograph” (Page 1) this quote implies that viewers expect every photograph to be an honest depiction of a historical moment since most people want to understand a pastime and the only way to do this is through a photo. Now,  even if a photo of a soldier being shot has been staged I think that the importance of that specific event can still make an impact on a viewers emotion. The viewer will still feel a sense of despair and tragedy because the photo in question portrays a tragic and painful event. Refer back to the quote in this paragraph, a photograph, staged or candid has the ability to capture a moment in history, therefore it promises to tell the truth, what you see is what you get. I have a lot of experience with cameras and would call myself a photographer, therefore I understand both sides of the argument when it comes to authenticity. I have captured many raw moments that reflect the honesty at that given time as I have also staged photographs that portray the best light possible. In my opinion both techniques are essential aspects of photography. A possible solution to the problem addressed in this article could be the provision of transparency, meaning the artists includes a statement about whether or not the photograph at hand is authentic or staged.  With a statement like the one suggested above, the question of fact or fiction would not exist and a viewer may feel more comfortable with this newfound knowledge. The overall problem of whether or not authenticity downplays photography is addressed in this article as a number of photographers and their specifics works are referenced. Art history has evolved over time as well as photography, as time goes on books are rewritten,”irrelevant” facts in history are forgotten and important information is forgotten. Photographs will continue to record history, and I am not denying that something should be done as far as authenticity goes, whether it's a movement towards transparency or not, something needs to be done, so that history will become a factual account of our pastime. The question has been raised, so it is up to current and future photographers to answer the question with an honest answer.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Clearly, I was interested in creating chimeras from a number of different animals. The overall look for my three individual Chimera creatures resemble animals that have fantasy, or extraordinary qualities about them. I used Photoshop to create each image and mainly utilized the eraser too to subtract parts of the animal that I did not want to appear while leaving the desired characteristic. Then I combined a number of separate entities and blended them together with the clone tool.

Monday, January 29, 2018


I learned some new functions in PS such as zoom shortcuts. We also discussed the method used to adjust image layers if a photo is either under or overexposed. I found this very useful when creating a collage, by adjusting the histogram levels to alter where the grey appears photos can be manipulated to match the overall look of an intended design. I like working on photomontages because it allows me to explore a number of styles that I am attracted to.