“Jolie Laide” is the title of my portfolio which is focused on turning the ugly into the beautiful. Through this work I am reconciling my memories and reflecting on my experiences of surviving the 2004 Southeast Indian Ocean Tsunami. The use of a variety of mixed media including collage, paint, and drawing is intended to reference the chaos of the experience.
My Portfolio is a reflection of the events and memories leading up to and following the 2004 Southeast Indian Ocean Tsunami that I lived through when I was 6 years old. My portfolio stems from the French saying “Jolie Laide” which means ” Beautiful ugly” or, to make the ugly beautiful. It stands for something that is of unconventional beauty. Jolie Laide revolves around reconciliation and transformation. The memories used for the majority of my portfolio were purposefully selected because of their grotesque and graphic nature. The technique of collage was vital to this portfolio as the majority of the images used were taken from Penang magazines released the weeks following the tsunami. For images 1, 2, & 5 I drew from my childhood memories and chose to portray the tsunami through an innocent filter much like the one I experienced the disaster through as a young american girl. Contrasting those, images 6, 7, & 8 drew from my darker memories and are centered on the death and blood that I witnessed. Through the transformation of these traumatizing memories into tangible works of art, it has given me a sense of closure with this event and has allowed me to better understand my contrail over my media and my content. I have been able to hone my seemingly haphazard use of mixed media and see beauty in my once ugly memories.
Score (on a 6-point scale)6
Rationale for Score
In this section:
- The topic and the work presented are unmistakably and coherently integrated in each art work.
- The investigation of the topic provides convincing evidence of informed decision making and discovery. Inspired by “Jolie Laide,” the French term meaning “beautiful ugly,” the student chose the “seemingly haphazard use of mixed media “to translate her traumatic childhood experiences surviving the tsunami.
- The work clearly demonstrates an original vision, innovative ideas, and risk taking. The student creates highly complex and unconventional compositions that translate the “grotesque and graphic nature” of her memories. “For images 1, 2, and 5 [the student] drew from [her] childhood memories and chose to portray the tsunami through an innocent filter much like the one [she] experienced the disaster through as a young American girl. Contrasting those, images 6, 7, and 8 drew from [her] darker memories and are centered on the death and blood that [she] witnessed.”
- An evocative, engaging theme is sustained through all the work.
- The work is technically excellent; materials and media are used effectively to express ideas. The student uses drawing, painting, and collage to explore drawing conventions (rendering of form in images 1, 8, and 12; line quality and mark making in image 8; surface manipulation in images 1, 2, 3, 6, 11, and 12; light/shade in images 1, 3, and 8; and illusion of depth in images 3, 8, 11, and 12) at an excellent level.
- The student uses appropriated photographic sources that are transformed in the service of a larger, personal vision. The student uses images “taken from Penang magazines released the weeks following the tsunami” as a means of visually reinterpreting and transforming her experience of that event.