Razvan Popa's project FACE(T) explores how materials can be used to express and explore identity. The research question aims to investigate how various materials and processes can be used to convey different facets of identity. For this project, Razvan created a short film consisting of four distinct parts, each utilising different materials such as thread and DIY clothes made from household items.
The key concept behind the project was to connect non-material concepts with physical materials. The aim was to blend physical elements in a digital manner to create meaning. As Razvan delved into the investigation, this concept evolved and took on different forms, leading to the discovery of new techniques and absorption of new knowledge about art practices.
To begin exploring this area of research, Razvan critically analysed his interests and experimented with different approaches. This process allowed him to discover different facets of his identity that were different from his core identity. As he progressed, he reflected on the research question and refined it to its final form.
The selection of materials, techniques, and artistic decisions were based on various factors such as achievability, learning speed, benefits, challenges, accessibility, and fit with his concept. While the scale of possibilities was daunting at first, the materials and processes gradually proved to be facilitating his way of making. Through research and experimentation, Razvan was able to deliver his desired outcome and meaning to the audience using visual language.
To ensure the investigation was not superficial, Razvan rigorously experimented and tested every idea, and the practical part was always accompanied by researching areas of interest. This approach allowed him to reach a deeper level of understanding and create a more meaningful and impactful project.