Visual Arts 11

Since September Emma has noticed some significant improvements in her Makeup and Artwork. She is noticing her SFX makeup to be more realistic, her photo’s to be cleaner and more descriptive, and her concepts to have more consistency and depth.

She has been working steadily to develop her skills with the goal of ‘creeping people out’. She knew she had achieved this when her work was removed from the exhibition walls of the quiet space… because it was just ‘too creepy’…

As Emma and I discussed the context of her work, outside her niche, we realized that she is asking similar questions in her Makeup and Artwork as she is in her academic writing and research.

We identified the some of the key questions informing her inquiry to be:

How crime affects our society
How and why it happens
How do people perceive it
Who are the ‘criminals’

I want to encourage Emma to intentionally bring more of her academic questions to her Art practice.

This manner of questioning is powerful. It is powerful in every medium, it is not exclusive to reading and writing.  Critical thinking and questioning in the Visual Arts as the method leads to comprehensive detailed work that distinguishes mature and accomplished artists from the rest.

I am committed to working with Emma next year, to witness this intentional  her work transform

What the Canadian Liberal government has done so far – Essay

What the Canadian Liberal government has done so far – Essay

This essay briefly touches on the highlights of Justin Trudeau and the Liberal party’s progress throughout the past 500 or so days of them leading Canada. It touches on what progress they have made on issues such as the environment, immigration, health, biased discrimination, and Indigenous people.

The essay also touches on a few things which they have done wrong/that have been scrutinized so far, and why people are so unhappy with them.

I have mostly researched and been interested in American politics so far, so learning a bit about Canadian politics and the government was a very interesting and enlightening experience. Although Justin Trudeau is nowhere near as entertaining and goofy as Donald Trump, I personally do share many personal values with him and will be paying a bit more attention towards the government in my country.

Rights while under arrest and in jail – Essay

Rights while under arrest and in jail – an Essay

Here is my finished essay on Canadian and American rights while being arrested and in prison. I learned very much about what rights I have (which I mostly had no idea about!) and found it very fascinating.

An infographic version of this essay will be done soon as well. I really enjoy creating infographics based on my essays as they really transform my new found information and make it much more fun to learn!

Book Discussion: Unfair

Synopsis: Good.  Succinct.

Things learned:

  1. Learned that the US justice system is unfair and biased.
  2. Police have been know to skip over evidence.
  3. Corruption is a problem.
  4. Basic training for police officers is not high and they need more training to deal with societies problems.
  5. There is still a tendency  to judge people by their appearances.  There are still a lot of assumptions by people in power.  More testing needed.
  6. Gained a different perspective on how the US treats people.  There are still many biases.
  7. This book has opened her eyes and made her think more critically about justice and laws.
  8. Gained a perspective on how important rights are.  Everyone deserves to know what their rights are.
  9. Understands the importance of the need to fix the system.
  10. The US is not cohesive in its laws.  It varies from state to state.  It needs a more unified vision.

Makeup tutorial video for film credit

Here is my very low quality, slightly awkward avant-garde makeup tutorial to complete my film credit!

I have never really filmed myself doing my makeup so this was very new to me. I do not have any “good” filming equipment whatsoever, and my phone didn’t have enough space (and wouldn’t sit up) so I had to use my laptop’s camera, which is better than nothing despite its questionable quality. My goal was to create a simple tutorial

My goal was to create a simple video tutorial explaining what my process was, and I think I achieved said goal. Without further ado, enjoy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frcYgEcvVPI

Death row infographic

I have transferred my learnings from my previous death row post and put them into an infographic! I love making infographics, and they make it much more fun to look at.

Link – https://magic.piktochart.com/output/21974736-death-row

Dripping face inspired SFX makeup

I recently found an artist, Chet Zar, who has completely inspired me with my own artistry! He does a mix of painting, film animation, sculpture and special effects like I do. His work is very dark and makes you think, which is what my goal is while doing my art.

One of my favourite’s that I found was this crazy one, so I decided to recreate it in my own way –

This took me about 2 1/2 hours to do, which was noticeably longer than my makeup looks usually take. I figure it’s because I really took my time to build up a different facial structure and used more than one medium.

I started with moulding layers of rolled out cotton balls with liquid latex to create the alien-esque face shape I wanted. My goal was to have the bloody mouth melting straight down from the nose.

Once many layers of cotton upon latex were applied, I pulled the cheeks upwards to give the face a lifting illusion and made a few gaps and holes in the face.

I then adhered about 4 pieces of long rolled out cotton to my chin and upper neck (dipped in liquid latex) to give the dripping mouth a thicker base. For the lovely mouth, I made a mix of gelatin, glycerin and water and dripped it down my neck using those pieces of cotton as a foundation for the cotton. I layered and layered the gelatin mixture until I had the amount of desired drips. I also added some gelatin to the browbone, to make it look like it’s slightly dripping over the eye.

To paint I used a mixture of water and alcohol activated paints, and lightly stippled browns, greens and reds in the parts which I wanted to sink in more, and used a very sheer coat of white on the high points of the face. I painted the hollows of the eyes black and took it down to make it look like something dark had seeped from the eye down the face. For the mouth area, I used brown and red paints as well as coagulated blood.

I was pleasantly surprised as to how this came out! I think it would’ve been really cool to use a bald cap and cover the entire head like in the original Chet Zar painting, so maybe I’ll try that someday. 

Inspired avant-garde face chart makeup look

This is my first attempt at recreating a face chart created by another artist, this one being by @milk1422 on Instagram.

I have been stuck in a creative rut for a while now, and I find these face charts make it a lot easier to create something unique and creative quickly!

I am quite pleased as to how this turned out. It doesn’t look identical to the original chart, as I did my own similar interpretation with the lines and colour story used in the original one. I think this looks really cool and I would definitely like to do more of these inspired looks in the future.

Religion and Cult Infographic

https://magic.piktochart.com/output/20082958-religion-and-cults

This infographic I have created represents what I’ve learned on cults and religions for the past couple months. In it, I answer a few of my inquiries such as “What is a cult?”, “What is a religion?”, and “What’s the difference?”. I can now successfully answer those questions with ease!

This is my second time creating an infographic, and I do think that I’ve improved! I really enjoy using this type of media to represent my learning and would definitely do it again.

References –

  1. http://www.workingpsychology.com/cult.htmlhttp://www.humanreligions.info/what_is_religion.html
  2. http://www.age-of-the-sage.org/mysticism/world_religions_populations.html
  3. http://guff.com/whats-the-difference-between-religion-and-a-cult-is-there
  4. http://www.christiananswers.net/q-aiia/aiia-top10cults.html
  5. http://youthandreligion.nd.edu/related-resources/bibliography-on-youth-and-religion/cults-and-new-religious-movements/
  6. http://history1900s.about.com/od/1970s/p/jonestown.htm
  7. http://www.history.com/topics/jonestownhttp://koreatourinformation.com/blog/2014/08/01/religion/
  8. http://michaelbluejay.com/x/how-cults-recruit.html
  9. http://www.csj.org/studyindex/studycult/cultqa.htm
  10. https://now.mmedia.me/lb/en/specialreports/564076-hezbollah-in-numbers
  11. http://en.protothema.gr/statistics-us-notes-a-surge-in-foreign-fighters-joining-isis/
  12. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ra%C3%ABlism
  13. http://heebmagazine.com/its-official-ufo-worshiping-raelians-are-no-longer-zionists/55304
  14. http://www.encyclopedia.com/environment/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/ufo-religions
  15. https://isene.me/2013/07/28/scientology-positive-negative/
  16. http://www.forum.exscn.net/showthread.php?34064-Scientology-stats-are-UP!-)
  17. https://whyweprotest.net/threads/the-big-list-graphs-and-analysis.120569/
  18. http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2009/03_04/2009_04_27_PewResearchCenter_ChangesIn.htm

Everything I’ve learnt on the Church Of Scientology

Throughout the past month or so, I have been doing some intensive research on the church of Scientology. The thing with Scientology is that not many people actually know what it’s even about, including its members. Think about what you or the average person knows of the organization. Science? A creepy cult? Tom Cruise and John Travolta? Those were my thoughts too. So I took it upon myself to learn about where it comes from, what they practice, and all their dirty little secrets.

The church of Scientology was founded by a struggling author by the name of L. Ron Hubbard in 1954. Hubbard would write a wide array of science fiction novels and short stories, and actually holds the record for most books ever written and/or published, about over a million. He wrote day and night as at the time they would only pay writers one cent per word, and he needed the money to survive. After resigning from the U.S Navy in 1950 due to “war injuries” that later on turned out to be a total lie, Hubbard wrote one of his most iconic and important pieces of literature – “Dianetics – The Original Thesis”. This book is the basics of what Scientology is, if you can even understand it. The “movement” shall I call it, was a fad that was popular for a short while and then everyone just lost interest. This propelled Hubbard to create a new movement, which we know now as Scientology.

An interesting fact about Scientology is the reasoning behind why L. Ron Hubbard wanted to create a religion in the first place. In his 20’s, he would gather once a week with fellow authors living in the New York City area and they would discuss each other’s books and mingle I guess. A conversation had come up by Hubbard stating that he was dreading to pay his taxes as he could barely even afford it. A friend who overheard him piped up and told him as a joke that he should create a religion, as religions do not pay taxes. Being the man he was, Hubbard did exactly that.

As I understand, most Scientologists actually do not know what their religion preaches before spending years and lots of money to find out. I learned the basics of it in about an hour by googling it. The true backstory of Scientology (or Dianetics) is that billions of years ago, a galactic alien overlord named Xenu created 76 planets orbiting the stars with civilians similar to how our human beings were in the 1950’s. Apparently, these planets were severely overpopulated, so Xenu or whoever brought these beings to planet earth and dropped them in a volcano near Hawaii. Great population control technique. The theory is that each human being is comprised of Thetans, which is like a soul. It is believed that all our troubles, issues, anxieties, addictions etc are bad thetans that we absorbed at birth from those people that were tossed in the volcano ages ago. And the practice of Scientology is meant to rid you of your bad thetans so that you can live life to the fullest and be your best self. No, this is not the plot line of an episode of Doctor Who.

To liberate your inner thetans, they have a process called “auditing”. Auditing sessions happen to each Scientologist weekly/daily and are sort of like a twisted therapy. What basically happens is that an auditor will ask the Scientologist questions such as “Do you have a present time problem?”, “Is there anything you failed to reveal?”, “Is there anything you have been careful of?” and so on. A machine created by Hubbard called “E-Meter” which is strikingly similar to a lie detector is used by an auditor during this procedure. A small screen with “rise”, “set”, “fall”, and “test” and an arrow is used to indicate whether the person is being honest with their auditor or not. Similar to a simple lie detector, you hold the two metal cans which apparently monitor your pulse and brain waves or something like that. Through lengthy periods of questioning and answering, the auditor is supposedly able to find thoughts and memories from your past thetans (lives) and once they are rid, you are able to live a much happier and fulfilled life.

Auditing is really expensive. The church tends to amp up the price and time of a session each time, meaning that you could pay from $75 to $10,000 and up for your sessions. Another part of auditing is that the more you do it, the more seniority you gain in the religion. Once you reach your highest state possible, you become an Operating Thetan (OT). An OT is described to be in “a spiritual state above clear” meaning that you have full control over your physical and mental state. There are eight OT levels which one can achieve, and each one gives you more information on the backstory of Scientology. All auditors are OT’s and have much experience in the church. The average hourly wage of an auditor is an approximate $14.44 and is a career for many people with high OT levels in the church.

There are many career options inside Scientology, with the most popular one being the Sea Organization (Sea Org). The Sea Org was originally created in 1967 as a private navy for Hubbard to basically be his staff on his crusades through the world’s oceans. When you join the Sea Org, you are obligated to sign a “billion-year contract”. It is possible to leave the Sea Org, but breaking that billion year contract is pretty tricky. Sea Org members belong to Scientology in a sense like how nuns belong to Christianity. They are responsible for many things, from organizing all activities and gatherings in the church to cleaning and hard labor. Sea Org members are forced to live, eat, sleep and coexist together in designated buildings by the church. They are paid very little for their services, and have a long history of being abused and wrongly treated by people of power in the church.

While we are on about abuse, let’s talk about David Miscavige. The snake of all snakes. This man is the current leader of Scientology, as well as Tom Cruise’s best friend. He wasn’t really appointed by Hubbard or anyone but with much backstabbing, lying and abuse he weaseled himself to the top. Being born into the church, Miscavige became a deputy to Hubbard during his teenage years. One year after Hubbard’s death (1987) Miscavige became the official chairman of Scientology. But with a big fancy important title comes a lot of drama. David Miscavige is known to have a pretty slimy reputation. Many ex-Scientologists have come out with their experiences on being abused and publicly humiliated by Miscavige, who seems to never hold back. He is described as a cold hearted man who will do anything for money and success who holds a very believable facade for all his devoted fans who worship his existence. His wife, Shelly Miscavige, has not been seen publicly since August 2007. There are many theories as to where she is and what her husband has done to her. Much effort has been put in to find her whereabouts, like when ex-Scientologist Leah Remini filed a missing person report to the LAPD, was closed and classified as “unfounded”.

Most religious groups tend to dislike it when their members leave, but Scientology REALLY dislikes it. Similar to herpes, depression, and glitter, once you’re with Scientology it’s pretty hard to get rid of it. When someone decides to leave the church, they are treated like a convict. Scientology says that you are allowed to leave whenever, but once you’re gone it is against the rules to communicate with your family, friends or anyone who still is in the church. There are endless stories of mothers and fathers not being able to see their children ever again, or best friends being forever separated because of this rule. If you do happen to try and secretly communicate with them, you will eventually be caught and kicked out too. In Scientology lingo, this is called being declared, or being a suppressive person. Once you are declared the entire church shuns you and treats you like a criminal, as Scientologists think that being declared means that you committed a crime towards the church.

The church, Miscavige in particular, is so incredibly concerned about their image and bad press. Any little speck of bad PR needs to be removed, from a blog post dissing their practices and people to the popular tv show South Park making an entire episode mocking them. Many people and their families have been stalked and harassed by Scientology employees for spreading negative news on the church.

Recently, many Scientologists of importance have left the church and have been using their power to expose it. Celebrities such as Katie Holmes and Nicole Kidman (both ex-wives of Tom Cruise) have left, as well as Leah Remini who is now working on the exposure of Scientology and using her fame for good. With the help of Mike Rinder, also known as the former senior executive of the Church of Scientology, Remini has created a tv docu-series on her’s as well as many other victim’s experiences with the church. Her goal is to educate people on what truly goes on at Scientology and to eventually shut it down. Leah Remini and Mike Rinder aren’t the only ones who are working on exposing Scientology, as many other networks, journalists, and everyday people have been spreading the message during the last few decades that the Church of Scientology is truly despicable.

Today, the church of Scientology allegedly has over 10 million members worldwide (although recent studies show that the number is a bit closer to 40,000). There are many churches (or Organizations as they call them) throughout the world, but the most notable ones are the flagship church in Clearwater, Florida and the Pacific Area Command Base in Los Angeles, California. Los Angeles has the largest amount of Scientologists worldwide, making their presence a lot louder there. The Church of Scientology also managed to have an entire block named L. Ron Hubbard Way, which is where the Hollywood organization is. 

There is also a “celebrity center” in Hollywood, which is where the religion’s biggest asset goes; the celebrities. Whether you know a single thing on Scientology or not, almost everyone knows the celebrities who are or have been linked to it. The two biggest names in Scientology are actors Tom Cruise and John Travolta. Hubbard’s main interest it seems was to gain new and popular celebrities to his religion, as who doesn’t want to copy their favorite actor or musician?! The celebrity center is everything and MORE you would expect for their precious celebrities. I myself have driven past it, and to be honest I was absolutely captivated by the stunning white castle-like building with gold trim that they oversee.

Scientologists everywhere believe that someday, somehow, their savior L. Ron Hubbard will come back from the dead (or wherever they believe he is) and continue his oh so needed work. In each Organization, a beautifully decorated and personalized office awaits for Hubbard so he can get back to work as soon he comes back. There is also an empty mansion in Western California awaiting his return, just in case he needs somewhere to live too.

Learning about the Church of Scientology has been really interesting, yet also very disturbing. I am glad to have gained this knowledge, and I certainly do know now that no matter how awful my life is, I will never become a Scientologist. I’ll just watch from a far instead.

 

References –

https://wikileaks.org/wiki/Church_of_Scientology’s_’Operating_Thetan’_documents_leaked_online

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xenu

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bibliography_of_Scientology

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/0/what-is-scientology-and-who-was-l-ron-hubbard/

http://www.mikerindersblog.org/10-million-scientologists-where-are-they/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thetan

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Scientologists

http://tonyortega.org/2013/08/07/prepare-to-be-audited-claire-headley-takes-us-through-scientologys-arc-straightwire/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operating_Thetan#OT_VIII:_Truth_Revealed

Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief

Chris Shelton (YouTube)

https://www.salaryexpert.com/salarysurveydata/job=scientology-auditor/salary

http://www.xenu.net/archive/so/

http://exscientologykids.com/sea-org-2/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Miscavige

http://www.scientology.org/david-miscavige/biography.html

http://exscientologykids.com/glossary/