Project 2 Artist Statement:
My piece is a short animation of a city melting into blackness. The city looks normal in the beginning: cars are quickly moving, and a small cloud of smoke is blowing away from a nearby power plant. Then, all of a sudden, the cloud of smoke starts to grow and linger of the city, and the city begins to slowly melt into the water. Eventually, the ground starts to melt with the city until the ground and city form a growing black puddle on the bottom of the frame, and the cloud of smoke grows larger and larger by the second. The animation ends by the cloud of smoke and the black puddle joining, making the entire frame black. To begin this piece, I first drew a storyboard with four different frames of the city and the cloud of smoke. I then drew the city in Adobe Illustrator, then converted it to an Adobe Photoshop file and created the gif in Photoshop. I created this piece to portray the decay of the environment due to pollution. I chose a more surrealist approach to display this concept, with the city melting into the bottom of the frame. With this approach, there is more visual emphasis on the consequences of the major pollution of cities around the world. I hope that this short animation aids in raising awareness in people about the devastating effects of pollution for the world’s environment.