I have thought of three approaches that I could explore:
- My experience: Create a work to reflect my own ideas.
- Research: Carry out interviews, surveys, etc. And present findings.
- Theory: Illustrate theories visually.
- I feel that creating a work that reflects only my ideas is very limiting. I also want this work to be online, and think a stand-alone website just reflecting my views isn’t the right context. What perhaps would be more useful would be to record and illustrate my observations however not in a polemical way. I am trying to highlight the fact that hair and race is something that everyone can have an opinion of, therefore, shouldn’t limit it to just my perspective.
- The research approach would give the project a broader scope, but each mother that I take to actively conduct my research will have its own drawbacks. I am worried about setting out with a hypothesis and having it disproved. However, that could make for an interesting project. I need to think in more detail about various research methods and which would be appropriate for the topic.
- Illustrating theory seems like a safe option, so maybe I shouldn’t aim for this right now. I would be using interactive imagery of hair to try to illustrate various cultural theories surrounding racial identity, in attempt to create a visual essay. I am not sure however, if this could be a major project, and perhaps the active research approach could be applied to strengthen the visual essay idea. The project could become a document based upon a theory that I have tried and tested. If I am concerned with proposing my own hypothesis, perhaps I could use someone elses. This would be both interesting for my own exploration and for a more ambitious project.