Serwa: Original meaning;Noble Woman;Goddess of resourcefulness and courage
Gamab: God of death
Olorun: God of all other Gods
Once a there was a beautiful, peaceful, statuesque woman named Serwa who resided in Africa. While she was still just a human, a male God named Gamab fell in love with the way she carried herself under the harsh conditions of lack of rainfall and extremely hot climates. Gamab was so driven by his love for her that he chose to inflict her with sickness so they could be together. She grew very ill and eventually went blind. He was forced to witness the suffering of his love and couldn’t bare it. He wanted to help so badly that he abused his power yet again to visit her in a dream and told her she could let go, but she did not. Instead she flourished in health after almost a year of fighting her illness. The God was so amazed by her perseverance yet upset that his plan failed. Before Serwa lost her sight she learned 3 types of fighting strategies based on her other senses so she could protect herself from those with bad intentions, although she didn’t use her skills unless they proved absolutely necessary. Gamab was so irritated with how she persevered through all of his plans that he traveled to the human world and stifled her until her last breathe left her body, Gamab broke the rules of never harming a mortal as well as making her a Goddess. Once Olorun who is the supreme God caught word of Gamab’s treachery, He was punished to live countless lifetimes of sickness and disease. Serwa forgave Gamab because she felt he made her stronger despite the way it was handled. Even though she originally did not belong there she was welcomed by all. Serwa was a peaceful God, her role was to help struggling mortals who needed assistance as she saw fit. She thought it a blessing and a curse to become a Goddess yet was stripped of her life without a moments notice.
1 How are structure and flow related in your marionette?-The structure of my piece is made to synchronize with the flow of the arachnid marionette that I made in a way that it looks like the legs move everywhere as an actual scorpion does.
2 Fantasy is a dominant characteristic of creative flow because it generates more than one idea. List the ideas your marionette generates.-The idea I was trying to portray was a glow in the dark scorpion. While researching for what animal I was going to choose, I came across a scorpion and I read that scorpions glow in the dark, but nobody knows the exact reason why. That alone intrigued me enough to make one of my own.
3 Design has a basic structural vocabulary – size shape and linear sequencing are enhanced with color and technique to compose an illusion of form. Did you make any of these decisions?-To portray the glow in the dark scorpion I folded all the colorful paper I had inside out so you could only see the softer shades of it. I felt it would show the glow part of it. I also made the marionette out of triangles to show the scales and sleight geometric feel to the animal.
4 Flow can be the pleasure of the creative process, balance, awareness, appreciation and understanding. How do you describe your creative process?-My creative process consisted of how I was going to make my piece move and which animals would be the best choice for that purpose as well as how I could make the whole thing look soft but hard.
5 Relationships are more about compliments between differences. What are the differences of your marionette?-My differences in the marionette is how small my piece is from a typical marionette, as well as how much pieces I used compared to the others, yet mine was one of the few that was detailed and color coordinated.
6 Elements – visual adjectives – line, shape, color, size, texture, values, emptiness (white space), form. Write an objective description of your marionette.-The triangular shapes I used marries well with the type of marionette I chose to make due to the fact that a scorpions have a hard structured shell. It also goes well with the shape of the scorpion as well. The texture of the arachnid came out to be similar to the texture that formed whilst making the creature. I used the soft shades of the colors for the animal because I know that They glow in the dark.
7 It is important that the various elements of your design have relationships, or ways in which they correspond, expand or simply support each other. Explore the possible patterns and shapes you have used with origami. Which have the most potential and why? Is one pattern clearly standing out, or are there others that might work?- I used a constant shape throughout the entire piece. The persistence of the shape worked with the piece I made because of how an actual scorpion is shaped.
8 How has the modular design strengthened your marionette?-The modular design strengthened my marionette by giving it the scale shape.
9 Principles are the general underlying truths that are relevant in any culture and in any time. These are the fundamental laws, rules, or basic ethics that support change and growth in the natural world. In design, principles support the flow of elements and include balance, harmony, rhythm, proportion, unity, and order. Add the principles to your design’s description.- I made the tail/stinger of the scorpion almost twice as big than the body because I felt that the stinger should be able to reach a little ways in front of the head and behind the body. Other than the exaggerated tail, the proportions of the rest of the body were distributed well.
I don’t really have a single person I would put in the “hero” category. I have a handful of people I admire for what they put up with and overcome in the process, but I don’t want their lives for the simple fact that I was taught that the next generation is always to supposed to surpass the previous one. I want to become my own person to look up to and/or have others look up to me. So I would say I want to have a mixture of my mom’s unyielding personality not to be swayed by anyones opinions, my grandmothers affectionate heart; she always helps when she can, and lastly my god-mom’s drive for optimistic views on success, then actually making them happen.
I really love this design. The sharpness of the geometric angles really help give it movement even though there are no curved lines.These intricate light installations are very out of the norm in my opinion and I appreciate the brilliance that went into this. I hope to see more light installations in the future in more areas so more of us can enjoy the show. To check out more art work like this click the link below.
This silhouette consists of me at one of my favorite places, the place is called the high line, it is a 1.45-mile-long New York City linear park built in Manhattan on an elevated section of a disused New York Central Railroad spur It’s located in the city. The man in the image is actually one of the sculptures that can be found there.