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Sydney
Turner

NORTHERN GUILFORD HIGH SCHOOL|Greensboro, NC
TEACHER: Mary Ann Vespa
2-D Art and Design
Imginary orange aliens crowded together in front o
A Small Erdis Family Gathering|20 x 18 in.
Idea(s): To convey the concept of how numbers in normalcy can differ in space and time.
Material(s): Acrylic paint, acrylic paint pens, sketchbook paper, and water based sealer/glue, on canvas.
Process(es): I experimented with painting on paper then cutting out the paper to arrange the crowded composition.
For this selected piece I wanted to illustrate the concept that numbers in normalcy can differ in space and time; the idea that a certain number is seen as large on earth but could be seen as small on another planet fascinates me.

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A Small Edris Family Gathering- Background with acrylic paint, sketched out the aliens on sketchbook paper, painted the aliens with acrylic paint, did details with posca paint pens, cut the aliens out, figured out placement on canvas, then Modge Podged to attach the painted paper on the canvas, Mod Podge was also used as a finish on the entire painting.
I created a fictional planet using my own ideas and concepts for my sustained investigation. I was inspired by my interest in science fiction, specifically the concept of other planets and intelligent life outside of our solar system. For this selected piece I wanted to illustrate the concept that numbers in normalcy can differ in space and time; the idea that a certain number is seen as large on earth but could be seen as small on another planet fascinates me. I wanted the title A Small Erdis Family Gathering to seem like a contradiction when comparing it to the crowded piece, to convey how the concept of a “normal number” can be completely different depending on the time, place and space. From the beginning of my concentration I knew I wanted to try and come up with everything myself. The first thing I decided is that I was going to name the Planet Daetraina (a mix of syllables from different words is how I came up with most of the names.) I then created the main intelligent species on Daetraina; The Erdises (pictured in work.) I made the Erdis a highly intelligent but simple creature, the Erdises have no mouth, ears, or nose, only eyes and they communicate telepathically. They are genderless and sexless creatures that are created by plants that are also biologically immortal. Their most notable quality is that they have an abundance of emotional intelligence which keeps the species at complete peace within themselves.
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Sydney Turner
Teacher
statement
Mary Ann Vespa
Some students need a great deal of guidance and supervision while developing their AP Art portfolios, but Sydney is one of those students where I needed to sit back and watch her investigation develop. The best support I could be for Sydney was to simply be her cheerleader. She had an idea and she ran with it. Each new piece fed off of the last one, and her concentration blossomed. Sydney wasn’t afraid to take risks and try new things. Her work is original, creative, unique, and as her art teacher, I couldn’t ask for anything more. I am so proud of Sydney!
sketchbook page with notes and detailed planning d
Sketchbook page|NA
Material(s): Acrylic paint pens, acrylic paint and ballpoint pen.
Process(es): Workbook pages on the life span of my imaginary species, and before I cut out a sheet of the aliens.
Sydney Turner