Ari's Art


Origami Butterflies Process Picture 1 (Candidate’s Work)

I tried two types of origami butterflies.

The first type is the butterflies with rounded ends on wings. This type of butterflies are easy to make, but look more like moth, especially with pure colour but any patterns.

The second type is the butterflies with sharp corners, and also two tips at the end. The squared shape look less realistic, but more “origami”. Also, the added details made the butterflies look more delicate.



Collaborative Clay Project Process Picture 1        (Candidate’s Work)


For the collaborative clay project, the group theme is “Stages of Life”. The stage I did was death. For the feeling of melting and inspired by hypsographic map, I carved out closed curves in the down part of my work. But this didn’t make full use of the clay since it was very flat, and did not create changes of shape.







Collaborative Clay Project Process Picture 2,3 and 4 (Candidate’s Work)

Therefore, I took out long pieces of clay with clay tools. This not only created a more stereoscopic effect, but also allowed me to fill the gaps with more colours and make gradual changes on it.




Dead Leaves Photograph 1 (Candidate’s Work)


The first photo I took for the leaves were crumpled dead leaves in scattered sunlight, and also with big areas of earth exposed. Most of the leaves in the photograph had their back side shown, which makes the photograph look bleak. Also, the distribution of light and the bare earth make the picture look messy.




Dead Leaves Photograph 2  (Candidate’s Work)


In the second photograph, I picked a space with more evenly distributed lighting and more colourful complete leaves with their front sides facing up. The shapes of the maple leaves were better shown in this photograph, and the colours, although still pale and bleak, were more diverse comparing to mostly red in the previous picture. Since it’s hard to make the leaves on the ground look stereoscopic, I decided to produce it as a tiled picture.

Dead Leaves Photograph 3 (Candidate’s Work)


Therefore, in the third picture, I got rid of the bare earth, and filled the picture with more leaves. The pile of leaves created a feeling of layers for the flat picture, and the smaller area of red colour taken in this picture contrasted with the lighter colours in the picture, also help the picture look less flat.




I edited the picture later to improve the bleak pale colour.




A Bone to Pick Memory Jug  (Laurie Zuckerman)


Inspired by the memory jugs made by Laurie Zuckerman, I produced a glass memory jar for my own daily life.

For expressing the theme of “daily life”, I collected the following items:

  • Buttons
    • They fit the theme of “daily life”
    • Buttons are made from different materials and with different colours, and I also have a lot of those, which are good for assemblage
  • Coins, keys and rubber bands
    • These are what we find in our pockets daily
  • Poker cards
    • Most of the objects are small, it may be good to add some objects that takes big areas
  • Stones
    • Most of the objects are man-made. Stones added some nature elements into my artwork
    • The irregular shapes of stones makes the assemblage look more interesting and casually arranged
  • Wools
    • To hang objects inside the jar, and also fits the theme of “daily life”





Triple Exposure Photography (Candidate’s Work)

In project Line to Form, I was also inspired by a triple exposure photography work of mine, and decided to make another artwork. After deciding that the three layers of background would be consisted of clear blue boards, I decided to add knitted nets across the boards as clouds to contain more materials and to add more 3D elements.


Therefore, I tried two ways of knitting.

The first version is for camping use.

I tied a piece of string across my wardrobe as the base, and started knitting following  youtube video. However, it took me almost an hour to get to the second last picture, and also as the last picture showed, the net got too tight together at last, which is not showing the “fluffy” feeling of clouds.


Therefore, I tried the second version, which is finger knitted scarf but instead I’m using strings of different colours.

Following the video, it only took me about 20 minutes to get the three colours done. Also, in this way, the size of each part of the net can be adjusted easily to show an changing effect.


Niagara Falls – Photograph 1 (Candidate’s Work)

In all the photographs of Niagara Falls, I contained the boat Maid of the Mist in order to show the magnificence of the falls.

In Photograph 1, I first tried to have a part of the bank in the view. However, because of the limit angle of phone camera, I was only able to fit in a small part of the Niagara Falls, which should’d been the subject of the photograph.

Also, the composition of Photograph 1 is unbalanced when the main focus, which is the boat, was too far away from the centre of the view.


Niagara Falls – Photograph 2 (Candidate’s Work)

Therefore, in Photograph 2, I tried moving the boat towards the centre of the view. Out of the consideration that the proportion of the darker part in the photograph would visually look smaller than the actual size, I didn’t put the boat on the exact centre of the photograph. At first, realizing that the bright part are mostly at the top of the photograph, I only moved the position of the boat down. But since the left part is also darker, in the second photograph, the boat looks closer to the right. Therefore, I cropped the left part of the photograph for the final version.

Curatorial Statement (Art Night 2017)

(Resources of photos: Art teacher Ms.Wong, school photographer)

In this exhibition, the works I presented focused on art in daily life.

Like it or not, most of us are always experiencing reputations everyday, which we call daily life. It gives you boredom and loneliness. But in the meantime, it is daily life that provides you the feeling of belonging, safety and relaxation. The art and beauty of daily life is what I always try to present in my art pieces.

The audiences would first see the assemblage of daily objects, which are presented in the form of charcoal drawing and memory jar. Putting them under the name of art would give the audiences a chance to see the beauty they have-familiar and common, but comforting and relaxing.

They would also find the beauty of the most common seen nature, such as dead leaves and grass on sidewalks that informs us the changing within different seasons, such as the Niagara falls which is known by every Canadian, by seeing the photography of them on the other side of the exhibition space. Nature does not only exist in the most extreme and desolate spaces. It surrounds us and forms a part of our daily life, by showing us the power and the abundance of colours with every trace of it.

Moreover, between the areas of photography and assemblage of daily objects, I also included a clay work presenting my artistic view about death. When we consider about the world, if there is life, there will always be death.

Plain black foam boards are used as backgrounds for the pieces throughout the exhibition, which have the colour that does not overwhelm the plenty of colours I use in every pieces, and as well contributes to the feeling of “common and simple” that matches the theme of daily life.

I hope this exhibition can help the audiences to rediscover the art in daily life. This is the one ability that we don’t want to lose from childhood even if we grow up— the ability to be amazed by the beauty of daily life.

(342 words)

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