Blindfold Motifs and AI as a creative partner for ideation

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Throughout my years in the arts, rendering eyes has always been a focal point, heavy with eyeliner, imbued with a somber depth. This visual choice, which I always found to be a silent language of its own, invites the audience to delve into the layers of each character’s story, their seemingly sadness a whisper of deeper narratives.

My father’s belief that art should stand on its own, eloquent without exposition, has pushed me to seek out these thematic beats that resonate wordlessly with viewers.

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"Blinded 04" Created using Midjourney v2
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"Blinded 05" Created using Midjourney v2

The blindfold motif emerged in my work as a powerful symbol, its significance enigmatic even to me. It represented a barrier, a voluntary withholding of sight, that both concealed and amplified the emotional undercurrents of the characters. And then, AI’s interpretation of my prompts wove a new layer into this theme. It used strands of hair as blindfolds, introducing a poetic nuance that I had never considered—hair, a natural extension of the body, became a tool for self-obscuration.

This beautiful accident of AI interpretation reminded me of the potent synergy between human intent and machine learning.

The AI didn’t just replicate my artistic tropes; it expanded upon them, suggesting a symbiotic relationship between my aesthetic and its generative capabilities. It’s a dance of give-and-take, where AI not only reflects my artistic themes but also joins in the creative process, bringing forth ideas that resonate with the very core of my work.

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"Blinded 06" Created using Midjourney v2