When autumn comes there are always a variety of vivid leaves on the ground. My piece was inspired by Andy Goldsworthy because he often uses leaves to produce his artwork. Leaves are something so simple and so beautiful individually but when you form something out of a group of them it can create something unimaginably beautiful. I had a little extra time so I created a piece inspired by Christo and Andy. Christo is most famously known for covering objects with a fabric. So instead of fabric, I used leaves to cover a tree branch. The idea behind this was that it was symbolic and in a way devastating. Representing the fear of letting go.
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.
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.