For the past couple months the academy has been working on collages, assemblages and abstract paintings! When creating my assemblage I had a design but hadn't found a meaning for it. Whilst creating the assemblage my peers and mentors helped me realize there could be more to this project than I thought. I started out by using scrap frame edges to create one square frame. Attaching a cardstock bottom I started to paint thin cardboard slices, black on one side and white on the other. Cutting them out like small city buildings my project was starting to take shape. I attached them to the cardstock paper upright and facing a certain direction. White sides facing north and west and black sides facing south and east. I did this so that when the piece was looked at in a multitude of angels everyone saw something different. Further into the project I added a green space in the center of the cities. Adding a quote I have always loved from Albert Einstein around the edges of the frame, my symbolism and meaning took place. In the end I wanted people to be able to look at my project in it's different angles freely, adding a spinner under the project helped create a very cool color changing effect. Our next project was to create an abstract painting using our assemblages. I wanted to keep my theme and meaning in this painting so we finally decided on taking a photo of the assemblage spinning from a birds eye view. I started out by painting the green space and laying out the underpainting of blacks whites and grays. Laying out the colours I worked on making the painting look as if it were spinning. What we decided was that the green space would stay still and the fast paced moving city would be whirring around it all! This is to explain that we live in a society that is fast paced, bland and always moving on but when you step into that green space it's peaceful, serene and still. The problem is, is we have destroyed so much of the good on our planet we rarely get a moment to enjoy what's left of it.