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An overwhelming gravity of ideas by sophiaazhou An overwhelming gravity of ideas by sophiaazhou
May 2014

There is a popular story of how Sir Isaac Newton, the physicist who formulated the laws of motion and universal gravitation, was inspired by the idea of gravity and came to develop his laws of physics. In this story, he was sitting, or napping depending on the story version, under an apple tree when an apple fell on his head, and thus prompted Newton to derive his universal law of gravitation. 

There are times when inspiration comes like a sudden flood, and images and ideas materialize in my mind so quickly that I find myself artistically stagnant, unable to manifest any as tangible art because I feel overwhelmed. I find it a very strange feeling, the opposite of an artist's block, where I find myself wanting to make so many pieces because I have so many ideas, but it ironically makes me unable to work on anything because I'm intimidated by the process of making the intangible tangible. It's often difficult to translate what's in your mind's eye to someone else's eyes, sensibly; sometimes I feel overwhelmed by the gravity of it all.

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nervoza Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
it's just genius :heart:
sophiaazhou Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014
thank you, I'm glad you think so! :heart:
YongL Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
aha I like the idea behind this!
sophiaazhou Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014
thanks I'm glad you do!
Low-freq Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Too cool :))
sophiaazhou Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014
thank you so much! :aww:
Spacedoqe Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really love this piece! the idea of the apples [from what im guessing, you used the concept from newton discovering gravity by apples; yada yada] and the thought that was put into this makes the simplicity even more enjoyable. <3
sophiaazhou Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014
thank you very much! I'm really happy you like it. :meow:
Teadove Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Such a cool concept!
Small question. How did you make this piece? Did you use a manequin, or use photoshop, or something?
sophiaazhou Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014
Thank you very much! I took two photos, one with me and two apples, and another with the other apples spilling out of the shirt collar. I had to stuff and prop up the shirt to make it look like there was a torso inside, which then made it very easy to combine the two in Photoshop. 
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