Design & Technology
Kayden Van Onselen
I am often in search of things that are emerging and newly developing within our world. When I stumbled upon Bismuth, I was in awe. When strategically heated and cooled this metal produces a fractal crystalline structure with atoms preferring to attach to the edge of a growing crystal rather than the faces. The result is that the crystal never fills, but instead creates layers of beautiful geometric steps. I took it upon myself to create small nuggets of Bismuth with the intention of creating aesthetically pleasing jewellery.
My body of work is a collection of thoughts centred around the notion of consciously living in the present. The work is conceptualised in typographic art and complemented by original images and drawings. My final, collated result was arranged using an iPad Pro along with the software Procreate.
My two digital drawings are adaptations of Shel Silverstein’s poem ‘Underface’.
“Underneath my outside face There’s a face that none can see.
A little less smiley,
A little less sure,
But a whole lot more like me.”
This small poem intrigued me. It fascinated me. I wanted to show, not tell how it made me feel, how I visually interpreted it’s message. My images are my sincere attempts at visually interpreting Silverstein’s simple, yet profound message.
‘Cars can be an escape, a distraction from the real world. Beyond the functional necessity, a car exists in the realm of aesthetic quality and social value. Who, when or where the car was built can become the ‘driving’ motive for acquisition.’ – Anon
When developing ideas for my Body of Work I had originally intended to create video piece that would showcase particular car models and have overlaid voice tracks of the owners describing the passion they have for their vehicles. The isolation period earlier this year hindered the collection of enough video to proceed. I realised that still images would be my best available option. As I thought about the passion that some car owners had, I began to see a parallel in the way clothing is often accompanied with the adornment of jewellery. When we adorn our cars with unnecessary accessories and bling it can instil a sense of joy. A gift to the car is a gift to ourselves.
The photographed Subaru is adorned with intimidating, masculine accessories, providing it with an aggressive presence. The Nissan, however, is the ‘Street Queen’, with paint as clean as can be, this car attracts the eyes of all on the streets.
Individual Artwork Titles:
The dress: ‘Kizuizi Ya Maneno’
The etching: ‘Understanding’
The painting: ‘Doublethink Nescience’
1 Corinthians 14:9-11
So with yourselves, if with your tongue you utter speech that is not intelligible, how will anyone know what is said? For you will be speaking into the air. There are doubtless many different languages in the world, and none is without meaning, but if I do not know the meaning of the language, I will be a foreigner to the speaker and the speaker a foreigner to me.
The girl in my work appears trapped in a cage. She has led herself down a path of darkness and the situation, to her, is inescapable. Opportunities for freedom appear and accumulate around her. The bars of her perceived cage are not strong or close enough to keep her in. Yet, tragically blinded, she remains.
What invisible barrier might keep her from seeing and accepting ‘the Way’?
1 Cor 1:18
“The teaching about the cross is foolishness to those who are being lost, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God”
Choose to see…
“Captivity is always captivity, no matter how gentle the jailer…After all, SeaWorld didn’t become a $2.5 billion company because of sequins and choreography. It was built on the backs of captive killer whales.”