October 20, 2020
When given the prompt "The Future of …Something" at first I wasn't sure how I was going to approach the prompt. I decided to take a different approach, thinking exclusively about my visual composition. I was reminded of one of my favorite video game series: Bioshock, and in particular, a certain poster that I've loved for years. The story of Bioshock revolves around two worlds, one in the heavens, and one in the watery equivalent of hell. Throughout the games, you explore these two worlds, seeing how "high society" lives a pretense of success, and how anarchy and lawlessness dominates the underwater city. 
This duality serves as the inspiration for for my piece, which will be titled "The Future of Society." I want to portray what could happen to our society, and how its future utopian appearance will likely serve as a disguise for the poverty and lawlessness that is hidden beneath the surface. With that in mind, my initial sketches follow this duality, with the utopian city separated cleanly from the crooked dystopia below. While my vision of the Utopian city involves futuristic, sleek modern buildings and towering skyscrapers, I am uncertain of how I want to portray the corruption. My three sketches below represent my train of thought, where I was not a fan of the crooked buildings in the first sketch. Instead, I drew a bunch of tiny, compacted houses to represent impoverished living. These tiny houses reminded me of a node tree, which is quite commonly used in Boolean computer logic. 
Although I am not sure what my finished piece will look like, I plan on further pursuing the idea of the node tree to represent the "common masses" who work hard to ensure that the utopian city functions, but who get no recognition, and are hidden beneath the surface in a web of lies. 
October 28, 2020
This has been the most tedious art piece I've created in a while. In order to create the Utopia above and the Dystopia below, I drew a bunch of reference lines which guided me as I was creating my reference sketch. Some of these guide lines were later incorporated into my piece as a neat, orderly way to crosshatch the space below the Dystopia. I am quite pleased with how my sketch came out, and I believe it conveys the theme of society quite well. One aspect of my final etching that I wasn't able to sketch out was the fact that I wanted the Dystopian buildings to be crooked and imperfect. Compared to the straight, clean lines of the Utopia, the Dystopia gives the appearance of being disorderly and in shambles. In addition, the added cross-hatching gives the Dystopia an iceberg-like outline that helps add to the message that "there's more to society than what meets the eye." I am very excited to make my prints of this etching, because I honestly have no clue how it will turn out. Hopefully, there will be a good balance between dark and light, which will prompt the viewer to focus on the crux of this piece: its message about the future of society.
November 3, 2020
This piece depicts the future of society, and how a utopian city relies on the common masses to succeed. The residents of the utopia choose to prosper and benefit themselves, instead of evenly distributing the wealth with the rest of the populous. The piece evokes imagery of an iceberg, where the crowded, stacked buildings that support the common people are hidden beneath the surface, intentionally placed out of sight to be out of mind. Yet just like an iceberg, the scale of the city below the surface is far greater than the city above, with a much higher density of buildings that are overlapped due to lack of space. The city below mirrors the real-life living conditions of the common populous, compared to the more spacious and luxurious buildings of the city above. 
The grid below the city serves a two-fold purpose. Primarily, the structure of cells that compose the grid and seemingly support the buildings below the surface are representative of "the system." This system is the system the government creates, that tries to create orderly structure and support for the society. The system is primarily geared towards the most basic human needs, and those who no longer depend on the system for support are those who have moved into the city above and have risen above the rest of the masses. The second purpose of the grid is to darken the area below the utopian city, giving the impression that the city below is living in a dark, obscured squalor. This negativity is reinforced by the crooked framing surrounding the piece. The crooked frame represents how this is a crooked, corrupted view of society, and this depiction is not something that should be strived for. The utopian city prospers while the masses below continue to suffer. This is the unfortunate reality of life, and the future of society looks to be no different than the misleading, corrupted society of the present. 
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