Oscar Jara

Senior Seminar 2021

Artist Statement – Our connection with the natural environment is an integral part of our well-being, both physically and mentally, that we often sidetrack. Through my research I discovered that mood levels became elevated just by being outdoors in a natural landscape. As we become more occupied by our jobs and other technological distractions we are unable to set aside time for ourselves in nature. Through augmented reality (AR) and digitally rendered environments, we can use the technology of our mobile devices to spark interest into real world natural environments and remind ourselves of what we are overlooking. Using 3D-modeling software Blender, I was able to craft four natural environments through different seasons, each accompanied by individually recorded and mixed soundtracks. This AR experience will allow the user to experience four different seasons of nature from their smartphones.

About the artistOscar is a graduating senior that spends his time breaking down popular media to understand how it was made and why. World’s crafted in video games and animation sparked his interest into 3D model development and AR experiences, followed by the belief that every good product should also have a good finished branding. Majoring in Digital Media Arts, Oscar understands how online mediums and forms of displaying information are always changing and evolving and he strives to evolve with it.