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.
Violence is a major issue in the world today.
Bullets are more specific to violence as most homicides are executed with firearms. Each bullet in this project stands for a different type of violence. One of them is gang violence in Chicago and in other big cities. The second bullet stands for police brutality and shooting issues that have come up in the past couple of months. The last bullet stands for war and the cost of lives that comes from it. People die because of bullets and the violence that comes with them. These three bullets caused trouble throughout the project as they were supposed to be exactly alike. They convey similar meanings, so they should look almost exactly the same. These pieces of soap were not only hard to carve alike, but for each bullet, the cylinder shape proved to be another challenge. I found that making smooth sides was harder than expected. After many trials, The last bullet showed me the lesson of patients. I realized that I needed to take my time once I found the right tool. This bullet turned out to be my best. If I were to do my project again, I would definitely take more time on each bullet and make sure to use the templates to make them all the same. Overall, the product of this project was the hard work that you put in, and the lesson to be learned is to take your time and focus on every step, because once you begin with something, you can not go back. Just like how these bullets affect their victims. Taking a life is permanent.