As a designer and critical thinker, my work tends to take on a critical view of cultural and social issues, in which I deconstruct, reproducing simplified visual signs I then reconstruct into new conceptual pieces.
In preparation for negotiating a brief, the first step is to highlight my strengths and passions as a designer. I believe that finding yourself as a designer is a life long journey that adapts with the ever changing trends that are constantly influencing the world around us.
While I use a variety of processes and materials in each project, my research, idea generation and development methodologies remain consistent. The subject matter in each body of work determines the materials and final formation, often in a range of different media that can be interpreted through specific themes and meaning.
Deconstructing secondary research that addresses current practice-related problems, debates and trends and how this could strengthen personal practice as a means of collecting ideas through critical analysis to inform one’s work.
Vintage ads may look different from today’s, but they continue to portray the same messages and still determine society’s idea of gender roles, what we should value and who we should be (Kilbourne, 1999).
“The camera doesn’t rape, or even possess, though it may presume, intrude, trespass, distort, exploit and, at the farthest reach of metaphor, assassinate – all activities that, unlike the sexual push and shove, can be conducted from a distance, and with some detachment” (Sontag, 1977).
“Plastic surgeons are reporting that patients are coming to them with selfies of themselves edited using the filters on Snapchat or Instagram and asking to look more like the retouched photo.” (Wolfson, 2018)
Factual observations tie in common interpretation of Narcissus with the selfie and the psychoanalytical studies based on these facts through years of observational studies in clinical settings, and research and psychoanalysis.
In addition to the unconscious motives of the human psyche, this study examines the objectified self in the context of the phrase “object relations” where the external world becomes the focus of analytical investigation.
The central theoretical approach will be exploratory and open-minded, hopefully employing unconventional methods of research theories and analytical methodologies, make theoretical connections and provide the reader with material to amend, criticize and contribute to further studies.
I believe the process of reflective writing gave me a chance to learn through storytelling and connect my research methodologies with my practice by gaining deeper insight as to the role research led practice and practice led research have both contributed to my practice.