The Flower of Amelia by Manisha Muthu

COURSE: Art 356: Coding for Graphic Design

MEDIUM: Video/Animation, Code Art, Audio, Data Visualization

The Flower of Amelia is a visual tribute to the song “Amelia”, a solemn song about a young girl that was showing her friend beautiful flowers on the edge of a cliff, when her friend slipped and fell over the cliff. The bezier curves interact with the sound in a way that creates a mesmerizing floral like illustration that twists and turns, representing the tormented beauty of Amelia.

The Flower of Amelia is a visual representation of a beautiful melody that soothes the soul and invokes a sense of calmness. As an artist, I was inspired by the gentle and soothing guitar playing that reminded me of a lullaby, and the waves that seemed to carry me away to a peaceful place. I chose a medium-dark blue background to reflect the waves and the depth of emotions that the music evokes. The color-changing aspect of the background adds a dynamic and engaging element to the piece, making it a captivating visual experience. The title of the piece, The Flower of Amelia, is derived from the song’s back story which tells the story of a girl named Amelia. To represent her, I created flower-like patterns that bloom and dance across the canvas, reflecting the beauty and life of the melody’s protagonist.

The Flower of Amelia was created in Processing, a basic programming language for artists and designers, initiated by Casey Read and Ben Fry. In processing, I used the sound library to read in an audio file. The audio file was analyzed and translated to data that I used to create dynamic movement on the screen seen by the twisting flower designs of bezier curves and changing size of the center ellipse. The song I used is a cover of “Amelia” by Jubing Kristianto, played by Mehul Maheshwari.