Ivory soap and plaster
I created this shark tooth by carving it out of ivory soap, using many tools ranging from scalpels all the way to tooth brushes. After I was done with the tooth, I moved onto making a mold of my hand. First, I dipped my hand into alginate, then let it dry. Next, I put plaster into the mold and let that dry. I had to then cut out the object using a scalpel, but I had to be very careful to insure that I didn’t cut my plaster hand.
While working on the project, I accomplished way more than I had originally intended to do. After a few days, I was ready to stop carving my shark tooth, but with the advice of Ms.Kerrigan, I think I turned what would have been terrible art project into something that I am proud of. Before this project, I had assumed that I was terrible at art and that I couldn’t really make anything nice, but I was proved wrong, by myself. I put effort into my project and now I know I am capable of making good art.
I think that I can learn from this experience by working harder on all my future art projects and not assuming that I can’t do them well. This work connects with other courses because it shows that patience, and perseverance does pay off, and if I’m ever struggling with anything I can think back to this and see that I shouldn’t give up.
On the project itself, I feel that I did relatively a good job at getting the details of the shark’s tooth in. At first it just looked like an outline of a shark tooth, but I turned it into something that in my eyes looks somewhat like a real shark tooth. Maybe I could improve on it by putting more details on the back and by making the ridges on the side of the tooth sharper.
If I were to do this project again, I would have spent more time making the top of the tooth a bit more curvy, rather than flat, however I can’t fix this right now because there isn’t enough soap on the top.
The reason I picked a shark tooth was to try and send a message about shark finning. It’s becoming a huge issue since over 10 million sharks are killed a year because of their valuable shark fins that can be made into very expensive soup. These sharks are not even killed humanly, they die a slow painful death. I think the whole idea of shark finning is totally wrong. Instead of picking a fin, or a whole shark, I picked a tooth, since I believe it is a more powerful symbol, when people think of sharks, they think of the teeth.
Some steps along the way. Pictures 1-2 have to do with the molding process, while picture 3 has to do with the carving process.