Unbe-leaf-able

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.

 

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.

Soap and Plaster Project

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.

Everybody Loves Giant Bubbles

Today was an amazing start to our school year. 140 students and their art teachers activated the space in front of the upper school for the entire day. We tried new techniques, met new students and had a great time. Why bubbles? Why not?

Galileo Galilei’s famous declaration, “Nature’s great book is written in mathematical symbols”, suggests that the key to unlocking nature’s secrets lies in the underlying science. Quantifying the geometric parameters behind nature’s patterns often provides the critical step in discovering the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of their formation. Intriguingly, it might also serve as the springboard for explaining their aesthetic value.

Similarly, we might be drawn to nature’s patterns because they are a direct manifestation of the natural laws that dictate our lives. In this way, art and science become inevitably intertwined in our appreciation of nature’s forms.

And really, it’s just fun to play and imagine on the first day of a fresh school year.

Here’s our recipe. We used 12 gallons today.

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Imitation Drawing, KAMAL

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.

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Alexis & Alessandra’s Favorite Sculptures

We admire The David because the marble really compliments his body. We also like this sculpture because it’s a classic. We liked the second sculpture, The Kiss, because it’s full of passion and emotion. We also liked it because it may seem simple, yet it is full of details if you really examine it. Our last piece of a large head, is a modern piece from the streets of Paris. We liked this piece because it’s very abstract and interactive. It’s also unlike any other sculpture which makes it unique. Alexis took this picture.