I think I solved the creative challenge well. The piece uses all of the elements I was given, and I attempted to make it more personal by adding my own nationality in it. When I saw my topic, I immediately related to it, knowing a bit of my parents' histories as immigrants to the United States, and I wanted to honor their efforts and the sacrifices they made to get here. This work is driven by the idea that for me, Filipino culture comes from my ancestors and relatives, but American culture comes from everyday life. But a portion of it (particularly the bottom portion) is driven by the futurist artist Gino Severini.
I did work out of class to finish this on time, but the painting at the bottom was done in class. I had to use the expandable foam at home. Honestly, I didn't really like this project, and I kept procrastinating. For the Introspective self-portrait, I was more motivated to complete it because I wasn't restricted as much, and I was drawing an image that was in front of me. This project forced me to use numerous and various media in one piece, and I struggled to align my ideas with the objects that I had to use. I learned that I am more comfortable sticking with my own style of art, and just adding to that. If given the chance, I would redo this project, and I may explore ways to use each media separately, but not in one work.
In future work, I may continue using the theme of Assimilation. I think that my heritage is a huge part of me, and I appreciate how it has shaped me through my family and through my Filipino friends. If I were an instructor, I would give myself an A in that I filled the requirements and I finished it on time. But I would give myself a B in that I don't consider it to be one of the best works I've ever made because I wasn't motivated enough to do it.