Fast Land Art

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Kate Pohl

My land art was inspired by Andy Goldsworthy and Robert Smithson. My spiral is inspired by the Spiral Jetty created by Robert Smithson, and the use of simple natural objects, such as leaves, and the colors were inspired by Andy Goldsworthy. Originally I only made one spiral made out of red leaves since they stood out compared to the other leaves on the ground, but then I noticed that combining more colors to my spiral would make it more beautiful. This project was challenging because of the time restraint and the wind, however the spiral was still pretty among all of the trees.

Soap Carving and Plaster Sculpture

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.

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.

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Soap Project Zach Sessions

In this project, I set out to create a sculpture that addresses the corruption and gambling issues that our country faces. I quickly found out how difficult it was to brainstorm what I wanted to do with the soap. I quickly adapted, by using a thinner blade to carve out my soap and using a template, both quick improvements in the quality and similarity of my soap sculptures. My creative and original styles that I carved on my second and third poker chip really looked much nicer than more traditional designs of chips. In the future, I need to be more careful with my tools and materials. I think I can build off of some of the techniques and ideas I learned from this project towards the next couple sculptures. If I did this project again, I’d have better skills going into it, which would help me complete it faster, and and more efficiently. Being malleable like it is, soap presents difficulties with how soft and breakable it is. The ability to be firm enough to get done what is needed, but not so much that it damages the piece was a big challenge. This project definitely helped teach me more of an artist’s touch; which, I think is going to put me in a place to succeed in upcoming projects. I felt that this issue, corruption and gambling, is a big problem. I have a friend who had started to develop a bit of a gambling problem, on sports games. As a his friend, I’ve been helping him out, and he’s gotten a little better. The thing is, I don’t want anyone else to have to deal with the same thing. I could see the problems it was presenting him, but he couldn’t stop. Corruption is also a pretty big issue to me. Our state has also historically had a pretty apparent and bad corruption. It has really costed us as a state in the whole of the economy. I know a man who lives two blocks away from my house who the most recent Blagojevich corruption issues caused him to lose his house, his family, and his way of life. It really does have direct consequences that can even be seen around our city. For these reasons, I chose to have my sculpture represent corruption and gambling.

 

 

Soap Project

As a young person who is supported by her parents, it has been easy for me to take for granted the privilege of having easy-access to healthcare. However, as I have grown older, I have become more in-tune to the fact that accessible healthcare is not a reality for many people. In fact, it is estimated that more than 400 million people around the world (about 18.5% of the world’s population) do not have access to basic healthcare (http://www.oneillinstituteblog.org). I believe that healthcare is a human right, so the issue of how unavailable it is to a large percentage of the world’s population is important to me. Thus, my goal for this project was to create a stethoscope, an object that is representative of healthcare, in hopes of bringing this issue to light within our community.

In order to create the stethoscope I used one bar of soap to sculpt the earpiece and the head, as well as plastic tubing to connect these two pieces. I then molded my hand as well as my ear in order to stage the stethoscope, with the molding of my ear being the point at which I felt the farthest out of my comfort-zone during this project.

I feel that I was successful in creating a detailed vision for this project through my reference photos and sketches, however bringing this vision to life ended up being a bit more difficult than I had imagined — teaching me that it is important to see the project all the way through before starting-in on a specific idea.

The composition of this instrument for the final photo proved to be the biggest challenge for me given that the soap was fragile and there was a fair amount of tension in the tubing. However, I was able to work through this challenge with the help of others.

 

Soap Carving Artist Statement

My goal was to create a project that emphasizes the need for humans to reduce our carbon footprint. I believe we need to be aware because it is hurting our environment and creating polluted air. To represent this I created two trees: a healthy tree, and a tree that has smoke rather than leaves. These trees also bring awareness to reducing the amount of paper we waste. Since trees are an important part of human survival and the environment, we must be aware of the pollution we are emitting into the air and the amount of paper we use. We can achieve this by doing little things such as reducing the amount of paper we print, or recycle the paper we do use. Every little thing we do to try and help the environment can create a big difference.

For this project I used about three bars of soap. I carved each tree trunk using tools to carve roots and texturize the trunks. Then I used another bar of soap to carve oval shapes, which I made to look like smoke puffs and bunches of leaves. One of the hardest parts of this project was connecting the smoke to the trunk and attaching several bunches of leaves together with wire.

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My favorite part of the project was molding my hands and then peeling off the alginate.

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In the end, the trees came together and their position on my hands represents the message I wanted to send. I have read and heard about the affects of hurting our environment, and I think this is an important message to convey.

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Crayon Sculpture: 100 Item Project

For my hundred item project, I made three towers out of crayons. One large tower and two smaller towers. I used about 350 crayons. During this assignment, I learned that even though I am only using one material, the possibilities are endless. I had the chance to experiment with the material, I used two different types of glue and a lot of tapes. To complete the sculpture I used masking tape to form a circle out of crayons, then I used a lot of Yes! glue to hold the crayons in place. Then I added crayons inside the circle to add support and to make sure that the structure was stable. Next, I would build another crayon circle but slightly smaller and glue it on top of the larger circle. I would continue that process until it got to the height I wanted. Originally I thought that building this sculpture would be very easy. I thought that I would use a hot glue gun and perfectly glue all the pieces together. I also thought that the wrappers on the crayons would come off very easily. I was wrong, the process of taking off the wrappers and building the sculpture was very difficult. The hot glue did not work because it would melt the crayon and it would fall off. Using masking tape to tape the crayons it to a circle was also very difficult, the crayons would never go into a perfect circle and they would never stay up straight. However, with a lot of persistence, I was able to glue the crayons into a circle. I thought that during this process I did a really good job of making sure the crayons stayed in a perfect circle, and I also did a good job of making sure that the crayons did not break. If I had to make this again, I would try to make the sculpture look less messy. I wouldn’t want the glue to show. I would also want to make sure the cuts in the crayons (from taking off the wrappers) don’t show. I think for the next project I want to try out different methods for making something. When making this sculpture I stuck to one method. To achieve that goal for the next project before starting the final product, I should try out different methods, and find the best one.