As the excitement builds for our IB Arts Reception, Make Your Mark, we're showcasing a couple of our artists who will be sharing their work.
Enjoy the Q&A with Linda and Leo and make sure to RSVP to the reception on March 12th.
Linda: "Music will be my best companion..."
How has music helped you in the DP?
Music as a Group 6 course has been the most unique of my course selections. It combines musical performance, theory, and analysis, which has really enriched my learning experience during the DP years.
Tell us about something you found fascinating and/or inspiring in your music studies.
My favourite part about studying music, besides performing music from different genres, is MLI — an assignment investigating the musical links between pieces coming from two different cultures. I examined the commonalities between Bach’s The Goldberg Variation from Germany and '16 Ban' in Xian Suo Bei Kao, which is a Guzheng piece composed in China. It was an enriching experience to compare the similarities between pieces composed in different time periods and geographical locations.
How do you see music continuing to be a part of your life?
Though having played the piano for fourteen years before, I have learned much more about the mechanism and history of music in these two years, and I can see music continuing to play an important role in my life in the future. It will be my best companion, supporting me, helping me release stress, alleviating negative emotions, and building friendships with those who also love music as a part of life that one cannot be deprived of.
Leo: "I think my style is leaning towards minimalism."
How has taking Visual Art helped you in the DP?
Visual Art is a very challenging DP course when combined with other subjects. Because of the workload that requires many hours to complete, the time left to spend on other subjects is minimal. Therefore, I honestly had a very difficult time in this course. However, because of this, I was able to understand and improve my time management to a great extent. I had a good grasp on how much time I needed to spend on each subject to achieve my goals, while still leaving time to produce the best artwork possible. In the end, I think I have succeeded.
Describe the project you enjoyed the most.
All of my projects are very experimental-based, meaning they were developed from a basic concept or intention, by repeated trial and error and use of intuition, to form the final piece. My favourite project has to be 'Ladder'. It is a small 3D project in which I attempted to explore the use of repetition and creation of space. I was very pleased with the outcome, as I have stacked hexagon shapes cut from wood to create positive and negative space, which provides unique spatial quality visually when observed from different angles.
Have you developed a style as an artist? How would you describe your style?
Throughout these years of developing in Art, I have formed my own style as an artist and designer. Although intuition is my main method in design, I always make plans and drafts to ensure the process leading to the final piece is clear and smooth. I think my style is leaning towards minimalism, however not completely. Whether intentional or not, this style came from always wanting to express something personal, or experimenting with new materials. In the end, I want to present the result in a visually clear and simple way that allows audiences to be attached to the work very quickly, while not overwhelming them.
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