My inspiration was Christo. Christo is known for his projects where he wraps different items, so I decided to take these leaves and flowers and wrap it around a park bench. I weaved the leaves in and out of the different wood strips on the bench without breaking the leaves. It was a different experience than creating a sculpture inside school because I was able to be creative and be inspired by the artist I researched. I used resources I found and picked from plants and the ground to create this piece of land art.
This work was inspired by Robert Smithson. He created a piece that was a swirl containint different colors in a lake. In my piece, I used different colored leaves and swirled them around a part a tree. Creating a piece outside made me realize that that it is very stressful and can be very frustrating because you can’t control the weather so the leaves and other pieces easily fell apart. When this happened, I had to recreate my piece several times which was very frustrating. Overall, it was a different experience that was very interesting.
For this piece, we were required to carve a global issue as an object. As a representation of the destruction causes mentally and physically to the victims of the of the recent hurricanes in the US and Caribbean, I sculpted pieces of a broken house and the tools required to mend it. Throughout the last month, four hurricanes have affected the southern coastal United States and Caribbean Islands causing dozens of deaths, thousands of people’s homes and cars destruction, and extreme lack of supplies and power. The tools represent the supplies, attention, and love the victims are relying on from the rest of the world in order to allow them to heal from the tragedy they have experienced. In my own way, I have been attempting to send love and prayers to my family in Texas living in Huston, one of the cities affected by Hurricane Harvey. My cousins were forced to evacuate their house only to return to severe flooding, broken windows and walls, and minimal hope. This project has allowed me to understand more in depth how important it is to care for and support our fellow Americans and humans in times when they are most vulnerable and desperate. A month later many in Florida, Texas, and many Caribbean Islands are struggling to figure out their next step as they slowly regain power and resources. It is our responsibility as citizens of the world to offer our support, donations, and love in a time when so many people are in pain.
Although my finished product is not what I envisioned when I began this project, I am proud of the work I accomplished. I was specifically impressed with how much attention I paid to the smallest details in some of my carvings, which for someone who is typically impatient and in a rush to get things over with was surprising. If I was to do this project again I would re-think my idea to create multiple soap carvings to tell one story. If I had chosen a more complex carving that made my global issue clear it would have given me a lot less stress about time restrictions. I would also be more careful towards the end of the project to be sensitive and patient with the carvings because I easily forgot how delicate the soap was. Overall, I really enjoyed this project and how it forced me to focus on the details of every object I carved.
When I first heard about the project we were assigned, I had trouble coming up with an idea I was truly passionate about creating a piece about. I eventually decided to symbolize overdosing through a hand holding a single pill, which has grown to be an important part of my life, as my aunt’s best friend overdosed. Though I was not close to my aunts best friend, the devastation I saw through my aunt greatly affected me. Through the use of a single pill, I aimed to suggest that it is a topic not often talked about, yet having a great impact on so many people all over the world. In the actual process of creating my pill, it wasn’t extremely challenging to carve. I successfully created a pill that I am proud of. The challenging part for me in this project was molding my hand. When I got my first hand back and carved it out of the mold, a finger had fallen off and the details were not very apparent in my hand. I also realized that my fingers were too close together and would not be able to hold the pill that I created. I then re-molded my hand and had a much more detailed and precise version of my hand, but four of the five fingers had fallen off. With help, I was luckily able to glue the fingers back on and end up with a successful piece. The space between the two fingers holding the pill worked out and I was able to rest it between them nicely. If I were to do this assignment again, I would definitely make sure I would be working more diligently and paying very close attention to what I am doing because the pieces are fragile and the slightest distraction can cost an assignment. For me, this project wasn’t extremely challenging, though I do not think that carving soap is something I am particularly talented at. After completing this assignment, I was able to grasp an idea of using my own body to create a piece and my perspective on my original idea of sculpture has changed. As a conclusion to this assignment, I can come out appreciating the ability I was given to take something that really mattered to me and symbolize that through soap and my actual hand.
So many people, especially in third world countries go for days without having access to clean water and are forced to ration it out. Water is something that many Americans take for granted. For my project I chose to represent wasted water and how Americans are not taking into consideration that it is not an unlimited source. I wanted to bring awareness by creating this sculpture. With the recent hurricanes that have occurred, I thought what better than to do a project on water. Not only is water now sparse in third world countries but now in our nation.
An insight I gained was that sometimes your project will not always go as planned. However, using practice and patience I was able to finish my project in a perfect amount of time. I also learned that if you have an idea for something, stick to your instinct and try as hard as you can to achieve the outcome that you want. I am more appreciative towards art because I see that the true meaning behind the piece is more important than how it physically looks. I want to continue developing into an artist. I think I am a mere amateur and I hope to achieve higher artistic skills.
As I am heading off to college I want to still be exposed to art all around. I want to continue looking around me for art, since everything can be art.
I think I did a good job coming up with a solution for sticking the tears together. I was also able to find a way to paint the tears blue without all of the paint rubbing off. If I did this again, I would spend a little more time perfecting my teardrop shapes. I think that they were a unique size and I wish I could have painted them more detailed. Work in this course connects with other classes in the sense that we were addressing issues. All the time, especially in history class we are talking about what is wrong with the world. Which, to me, is fascinating.
For my one hundred project, I chose to work with two materials; both wire and cable ties. I had a hard time deciding what to do, since my original material was nails. Finally, I decided to recreate a doodle I made on my way to Florida in one of my notebooks.
I started by building a frame/outline out of wire. This was the most painful thing EVER. I was really impressed with how it turned out because it really resembled the doodle. I bent the little wire segments in the piece outward to create more of a three-dimensional effect. After completing the frame out of wire, I built a stand for the piece but decided I didn’t like it in the end. Having completed my frame completely, I started placing cable ties on my piece; that was my one hundred component. I strategically placed the cable ties in each section so that there would be a consecutive black-white pattern in each row. Once I saw that the cable ties were filling up most of the space, I decided to experiment and leave a few hanging below, just straight.
Overall, I would totally work with wire again. The final product wasn’t what I expected aesthetic wise, but I still like the look. I think it’s a really cool abstract(ish) interpretation of a doodle. I would actually even hang it in my own room.