Questions Without Answers

Each student will be creating a series of work from the theme of Questions Without Answers.. The series will be conceived and executed by the student through a series of steps to be discussed at length in class.

The final project is to be a personal narrative on the theme of Questions Without Answers. The work of Duane Michals, Doug and Mike Starn, and Robert Parkeharrison will be reviewed in class, and examples can be found below using the provided links.

Starn Twins Examples and their Website More

Rober ParkeHarrison Website  Images from Architect’s Brother with photo titles

Duane Michels: 

I believe in the imagination. What I cannot see is infinitely more important than what I can see. Duane Michals

I think photographs should be provocative and not tell you what you already know. It takes no great powers or magic to reproduce somebody’s face in a photograph. The magic is in seeing people in new ways. Duane Michals

 Photography deals exquisitely with appearances, but nothing is what it appears to be. Duane Michals

Trust that little voice in your head that says ‘Wouldn’t it be interesting if…’; And then do it. Duane Michals

Duane Michals: here Bio images story(has been edited for you

Teun Hocks

The Myth of Sisyphus

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Playing music through entire slideshow

Embedding Audio into PowerPoint slideshow


Each student will be individually addressing the concept of Questions without Answers through the use and creation of imagery, poetry, text, and image manipulation. Think of the project as a graphic journal with a theme. Ask a question, then attempt to answer the question for yourself. An example would include, “what is the meaning of life?” Your answer will be different from other students… that is why the question has no true answer.

Text can be designed to be more than just the words themselves. Consider the font, size, color, spacing, etc.

All text needs to be handwritten, and can be done in any medium. Text can be neat, sloppy, in columns, spill over onto the image itself, etc. All use of text should be well thought out and add to, not detract from the power of the image. Do not use work from other artists in this book, only images created by you. The text should be from poems, lyrics, personal reflections, personal writings, etc. All text is to be handwritten, (book only).

The project requires each student to ask themselves unanswerable questions. Examples include:
1. What is my purpose in this world?
2. Who am I to be in this world?
3. What is Love, Life, Death, Hate, Regret, Fear?
4. My last breath, will find me…
5. My Last breath will leave me having done…
6. Why your fears, why your dreams, why your passions?
7. You are changed by me because…
8. My fingerprints are found…

The themes that should be addressed are to be questions on both a global scale and questions at the individual/personal level. Examples include being or not being American, Californian. Address being female/male, your ethnicity, religion, beliefs, etc. Address universal themes,and bring it to the individual level. The intertwining of BODY-MIND-SPIRIT will need to be addressed and integrated into your writing. How do your body-mind-spirit create who you are?

Thin Red Line Video (use Firefox to view

Thin Red Video (PC)

Video example from The Thin Red Line

Fight Club

“It is no accident that you are reading this. I am making black marks on white paper. These marks are my thoughts, and although I do not know who you are reading this now, in some way the lines of our lives have intersected… For the length of these few sentences, we meet here.

It is no accident that you are reading this. This moment has been waiting for you, I have been waiting for you. Remember me.”

– Duane Michals

Completed book/collage is due the day of the final (200 pts)

Book Only: It is not a requirement for this book that the cover be made from hand. Examples will be shown in class for acceptable types of purchased covers. Each student still has the option to create a cover by hand. It is required that each image be printed as a photograph as opposed to using ink-jet printers. Size of book should not exceed 8.5″x11″ Larger sizes must be first approved by the teacher.

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