2014, Digital Print on Mixed Media, 50 x 50 cm, Series of 2

By ADZMEY BIN ASMOM, Junyuan Secondary School, Art & Drama Teacher

These artworks are the culmination of months of investigation into and experimentation with materials, mediums, tools and techniques interwoven with a process of personal catharsis.  I used familiar images as subject matter to convey a subtle narration of personal recollections that may be somewhat distorted.  The final works are the representations of a new knowledge in art making that I have acquired through the process.  It is a new way of creating a picture through manipulation of images, mediums and tools, yet still succinctly telling a story of what cannot easily be told with words.

Lesson Ideas for Self-portraits (2014) by Adzmey Bin Asmom

This lesson is suitable for students in: Secondary 1 & 2

Artwork title: Self-portraits

Name of artist: Adzmey Asmom

School: Junyuan Secondary School

Possible Guiding Questions

See

1. What can you see in these artworks? Whose face(s) do you see first? Does the work look the same from the left, frontal view, or right side of the image?

Think

2. How are the people in the images related?Why do you think that?

3. How do the divided strips influence the way we think about the image?

4. Besides the way we look, how else can we identify a person?

Wonder

5. How have artists’ express their personal identity in art?

6. Would changing the scale, colour or type of image affect the way we think about this work?

Possible Elegant Art Tasks

Starting point: artist as origin

In this lesson idea, students could be asked to think about the relationship they have with their friends, or family members. The teacher could introduce a variety of collage techniques, and talk about how images may be put together in an analogue fashion, or digitally. The teacher could discuss about David Hockey’s collage, with the intent of getting students to create collages that distort perspectives and points of view as a visual effect.

This could be one of the elegant art tasks:

You have been tasked to create a portrait gift for your parents’ wedding anniversary, close relative’s or friend’s birthday using existing or new photographs from the family album. Photographs used could consist of people, places and objects.

You should include photographs of at least one person who has made a memorable impact in their lives.

You may compose the collage using physical photographs of varying sizes, or you may digitally manipulate them.

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