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Emma Stone

BFA - Creative Technologies

Antique Catharsis: An Exploration in Projection

In my recent body of work I created animations inspired by sketches, watercolor paintings, and journal excerpts that I have accumulated over the last couple of years. In times of emotional distress and confusion I would turn to art and creativity for release within a space free of judgement. It was within this intimate creative space that I found more confidence in myself, expressing indiscernible feelings through abstract shapes and colors.

I always thought that being sensitive was a character flaw. Until I figured out that it wasn’t my weakness; it was my superpower. Everyday we form intense connections to people, places and things and experience a wide range of emotions. Empaths are naturally pulled to antiques that carry residual energy from previous owners, and curating my spaces with secondhand items is a big part of my creative process. Pulling inspiration from family antiques and my creative journals I wanted to expand on the concepts of nostalgia and emotional growth. 

By projecting my work in areas and onto surfaces that were important to me and my personal journey I wanted the viewer to experience a journal entry come to life. I wanted this project to take me outside of my comfort zone and allow me to take on a new medium. Experimenting with projection has allowed me to explore new spaces and see my animations from a different perspective. Seeing something that had previously only been flat on a page come to life helped me to connect with my sensitivity in a way I never thought possible.

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