Mariachi is a strong part of my culture and a deep-rooted part of me. My series emphasizes on the art of Mariachi.
Although some people might think a vibrant color scheme more applicable, I chose a muted color palette to unify my series; doing so draws the eye to any given focal point. I created diptychs and triptychs to show rhythm, focal point and balance – whether symmetrical or asymmetrical of each instrument or artist. In image 2, I decided to make this a diptych to focus on each hand separately, on the right side, the musician presses their fingers firmly on the strings and on the left, the hand’s upward motion indicates the plucking of the guitarron (bass guitar). In image 9, I captured the motion of the musician’s hand while playing the vihuela (small 5 string guitar) and the focus he demonstrates on his face while concentrating on his fingers. In image 10, the emphasis is the boy’s fingers playing the trumpet – the close cropping helps illustrate the force he uses to play the trumpet. In image 11, the focal point is her passionate emotion. My concentration as a whole is balanced, showcasing an image for each instrument and artist involved. My series captures a glimpse of my life as a mariachi artist.
Score (on a 6-point scale)4
Rationale for Score
In this section:
- The topic and the work presented are clearly related
- The body of work demonstrates some originality and some innovative thinking. The student uses diptych and triptych formats, a muted color palette and alternates between close-ups and limited range images (images 3, 7, 11). The compositional choices work to engage the viewer with the subject matter.
- A clear theme that engages the viewer is discernible throughout the portfolio as written in the student’s statement: “My series captures a glimpse of my life as a mariachi artist.”
- The understanding and application of 2-D design principles is good. Unity: as mentioned in the concentration statement, the student artist purposefully “chose a muted color palette to unify my series, doing so draws the eye to any given focal point”. The use of a medium gray backdrop and limited color scheme unifies the body of work as a whole.
- Variety: as mentioned above, compositional choices create variety within the portfolio.
- Balance: The student explores symmetrical balance (image 2), and asymmetrical balance in the remainder of the images.
- Emphasis is created with relation to the color red used against the mostly black and gray color palette, and by limiting the depth of field to create a definite focal point in the composition (images 3, 5, 8, 10). We can also see emphasis created by the use of close up (images 7, 11).
- Contrast is evident particularly in images 1 and 5.
- Rhythm: The use of the diptych and triptych formats create a visual rhythm in images 3, 6, 7, 10, and 11.
- Proportion and scale is demonstrated through the use of close ups and details throughout the portfolio.
- Figure/Ground relationships are considered (images 1, 12).
- Some transformation is noticeable, but the work is repetitive (images 2, 6 and images 1, 9).
- The work demonstrates good technical competence with the use of close-ups (image 2), depth of field (image 10), and sharp focus.