For my first Action project in You Are Beautiful, an art class inspired by Matthew Hoffman, creator of the You Are Beautiful art movement. Our goal was to create the phrase You Are Beautiful. We all split up and got a letter, I got O and quickly began photographing my friends as we were going to take a picture of someone beautiful, and put them on our letter. The process was difficult, but the finished piece, and seeing everyone else’s completed work made it all worth it. It’s now featured in front of our school garden! If you would like to see my process, and get some background about the You Are Beautiful project and who inspired me, read my Artist Statement below.
JH Corrugated Plastic, wheat-paste, & Inkjet on Paper November 8, 2013 We Are Beautiful
Public Art allows everyone to view what you’ve created. It allows your message to spread, and the more beautiful it is, the longer it tends to stay up. Public Art and Street Art started off to be very separate things, Street Art being illegal, and typically referred to as tags, or graffiti while Public Art is something allowed to be there. JR, a famous installation artists helps to bridge the gap between what is Street Art, and what is Public Art. He takes photos of the people in a community, and plasters them on huge walls, roofs, billboards, etc. He takes the beauty of the people in the neighborhood to make the neighborhood itself more aesthetically pleasing.
The purpose of my art piece was to take this inspiration from JR, and inspiration from Matthew Hoffman (behind the You Are Beautiful Project) to create my own piece of installation art. Everyone in my class was tasked with picking a letter from the phrase You Are Beautiful. We were then told to take pictures of people who we think are beautiful to put on our letters. I think that both JR and Matthew Hoffman do a great job of showing people’s inner beauty, either with a message, or with a huge art installation. My hope was to fill the gap on these two project to tell and show people just how beautiful they are.
The process was long, arduous, and at times frustrating. I started by selecting a letter, I picked O. I then had to maximize the size of the letter using Photoshop (a photo editing software), and print it out so that our letter could be huge. I then had to cut out the O to make it a stencil and after that I took pictures of people who I thought were beautiful. We then had to maximize these and fit them so that they matched the size of the letter we were doing. Once both the letter and picture were cut out I put the O stencil down on Corrugated Plastic so that I could cut out the plastic to be the exact same size as my photos. Then comes the most difficult part, I had to create and use wheat-paste to stick the printed out pictures of people who I think are difficult to the plastic. We had to do a layer on the top side of the paper itself in order to make it weatherproof for the upcoming Chicago winter. I then finalized my O by putting a metal pole through the bottom, and sticking it into the ground next to my other classmates letters to form the phrase You Are Beautiful.