Beginning a new project is always really exciting. I start seeing inspiration everywhere. The above picture was taken of a sale rack at an Old Navy in Plano, Texas over Christmas Break. I wasn't particularly fond of the clothes, but the colors and arrangements of stripes throughout the mass of hangers was appealing to me. And rightfully so: have you seen the colors and patterns I've been working with since I was--oh--in preschool?
Check out the drawing below that I made when I was 4.
Heeeelllllooo color palette I've been obsessed with for-freakin-ever . . . (Apparently I'm a big fan of kissing as well. Shocker.)
Water is a major influence on the work I create as an artist in Singapore. I live on an island now. It rains almost every single day. I keep my head wrapped daily because water has always been the enemy. I travel to other islands. I spend time at beaches. I take hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of pictures of water: beautiful, multi-blue water.
So water is the launching point for Buoyant Echo.
Along with planning the sets and costuming for around 20 people, I am also constantly thinking about audience participation. Not only will handmade musical instruments be available for them to play, but I am thinking about nontraditional things that make sound all while looking beautiful. For example: giant paper cranes. How beautiful would it be to hear music coming in off the water while audience members made giant paper cranes flock together and take flight? Can you imagine the visual that would create? I get chills just thinking about it . . .