The Children of the Sun, Moon, and Earth
The following collages are based on Plato's Speech of Aristophanes. In this speech, Plato describes the 3 genders that humans used to exists as. They were the Children of the Sun (two men), the Children of the Moon (man and woman, or androgynous), and Children of the Earth (two women). Because of having a constant soulmate, these early humans had no need for love and thus became very smart and strong individuals. This made the Greek gods feel threatened, and Zeus decided he would split them in half with this lighting bolts. In this way, these early humans are clearly chimeras. This speech is also known as the origin of love as it explains how humans were first taken away from their soulmate, and thus spend the rest of their lives trying to find this soulmate.
In each collage, I used the planet that the being was associated with as the body to represent its name. I explored a more literal translation with the use of the male and female limbs and heads to create the genders of each being. Because I wanted to give an homage to the Greek origins of this story, I included a picture of Mount Olympus in the background. The purple tint of the background was included in order to compliment the gold tone of the frame. The rock was included at the bottom to give the image a foreground that allowed the beings to have a place to stand and not be floating. The frame and scenic background was included to give the pieces a religious icon feel, as I thought it would be ironic to make these figures look like religious icons, when they were actually despised by the Greek gods.
Some of the techniques I used to create these pieces were as follows:
- I used the polygonal lasso tool to cut out most pieces of this collage in order to get a crisper edge, especially for the body parts, as the background for the limbs was a grey tone that caused the quick selection tool to not select correctly the majority of the time.
- I used the rulers along the sides in order to try to get the placement of each figure very similar to the ones on the other collages. This was in order to help create more continuity between all 3 pieces.
- I used transformations and reflections, as well as simple copy and paste in order to get each limb to be the same size.
Overall, these collages were incredible to work on. I initially had a lot of problems coming up with the design as it was really hard to find the images I needed to use for some earlier designs. I am happy with my final design though, but I am going to work on finding a replacement for the frame as it is too overwhelming to the composition.