To construct the face from emoji’s, is to say perhaps, that emoticons (emoji) are the contemporary emotional currency, taking precedence over copresent emotional connectivity.
Emoji.ink (link attached) is a interactive online application produced by artist Vince Mckelvie. Opening the link to emoji.ink surfaces all currently available apple emoji (displayed translucently, transposed over a white background), with the simple instruction: select an emoji. Once selecting the pink and yellow sparkling love heart emoji for instance the other emoji dissapear, (and can be accessed again by pressing the space bar). The white background now becomes an empty drawing scape, with a size icon in the lower right hand corner and the instructive:
click to draw
press any key to select an emoji
save the image
site by Vince Mckelvie (hyperlink to Mckelvie’s Tumblr attached)
The only function unaccounted for which is of importance would be the ability to undo, although I appreciate how the inability to delete makes choices more committed. With each emoji, its placement and size needing to be considered in relation to the next. The online interactive application, along with others developed by Mckelvie, (avaliable on Tumblr, link attached) are captivating with their consideration of simplicity, functionality, form, colour and movement.
The interactions with ‘emoji art’ vary in ‘skill’, time taken and approach. An artist by the name Yung Jake noted the applications potential, by adopting emoji.ink with its use of recognisable emoji icons and applying them to produce celebrity portraits from online images, and dispersing these images across social media.
Miley Cyrus, Ellen DeGeneres, Drake, Kim Kardashian, Madonna, Taylor Swift (among others) all rendered in appropriately assorted emoji’s. With the formal qualities of each emoji being considers, and I speculate, an awareness of how emoji’s operate as loaded symbols. For example Taylor Swift’s portrait as rendered in love related symbols operates in relation to her love life being capitalised on by the media, which saturates her career, personal romantic relationships and Yung’s Emoji portrait. Positioning Swift as an embodiment of the classic heartbreaker / heartbroken ‘women scorned’.
Engaging with Yung Jake’s ‘emoji art’ and the application Emoji.ink are recommended, enjoyable and crediable sources, that open up consideration around the potential usages of cyber tools in the production and situation of art online.