In introduction to my third and final module for this semester, which still comes under the umbrella theme of identity as with my other two modules, we were asked to consider our own identities. This time we had to come up with a casing design for a radio chip which will track our class attendance for the semester. This I found more difficult. With our other modules we had to consider the identity of something less personal, but in being briefed to represent our own identities was cause for self reflection and consideration of what makes me me. In the end I decided that for such a simple object, I needed to come up with something simple. The etched lines in the clay represent not really my personality, but all the things that come together to form who I am as a person. There is no one thing that defines someone’s identity, its more like lots of little things that add up into a person. We’re just a tangle of traits and thoughts and actions.
Combining line and texture.
Clay is a material that I haven’t really used since primary school and I really struggled with getting the effect I wanted. It kept cracking and losing the texture I created, so my end design isn’t really what I envisioned. Looking back though, I’m sort of glad that it didn’t turn out quite how I wanted, as it kind of symbolises how even if things don’t go how you want them to, it’s not always a bad thing. The design on one side of the object is reflective of the style I developed over my year at college. I love the simplicity of the line and how it creates complex relationships with the other lines. I think this reflects how I view my own identity, my traits are lines that intersect and act together as a whole. The texture contrasts with the starkness of the line, juxtaposing the outwardly simple yet inwardly complex state of identity. There’s only so much of your identity that you show to the world, you keep so much of it inside, for fear of being too different, for fear of not fitting in. Identity is a fluid part of being. It grows and changes as you gain experiences and knowledge both of yourself and of the outside world. Identity is who you are.