The word I chose for this exercise was from Exercise 5 – Destruction. First of all I created a Spider Diagram for the word to see what I associated with it.
From this I could see that there were 2 distinct interpretations for Destruction – Man-made and natural. For the natural forms it related to big events rather than small ones, so even though flooding can destroy large areas of land I chose Tsunami for a stronger association with the word.
Man-made destruction is more prevalent and associations ranged from the destruction of a country through war to the destruction of the people through racism, poverty and discrimination. We’re experiencing the latter three all the time in our countries.
The impressions of it were more to do with the aftermath of destruction, and I found myself leaning towards negative words again. The impact it has on people can be devastating, but I didn’t mention how people gather together to help each other, as is often demonstrated in rescue parties in the after math of a disaster. The connotations for the word are more heavily based in negative associations so I struck with that direction.
The images for the Mood Board were a range of man-made and natural disasters, coupled with a colour palette that I felt would be a good representation of the word. We have a wide range of images related to conflict and extinction, as well as the over powering devastation that nature can cause at a moments notice.
The Doomsday Clock is a constant reminder of how we create our own possible destruction, destroying our environment, our people and our world. The image of a cell represents how Destruction at a core level is happening to us. The few images related to natural disasters are things that happen outside of our control and therefore can’t be avoided. Everything else however, is of our own making.
Here the Texture Board images were a range of materials that are changed from one form into a more weathered and broken form. They’ve been worn down and decayed from the destruction, but not fully destroyed. They’re still present and not in their original state, but in some way the new form has a beauty in it.
These textures I found really interesting, the charred wood and the rusted metal exude a weathered quality that gives them more character. The destruction of the bricks has rendered them almost unrecognizable but the under lying structure is still present and the lines give it a more varied and washed out impression.
The rubble represents a combination of war and natural disaster aftermath. It remains in so many countries and we see it in photographs as a natural backdrop for places people are trying to live in. It’s a strong part of our visual interpretation of places at war or recovering from war.
The gas masks in Chernobyl are weathered and useless but have not been destroyed. This is also true for the toys, classroom and the Ferris wheel. The materials faced destruction and were impacted by a nuclear disaster, but they appear to be intact and not fully destroyed, just contaminated, decayed and changed.