My goal was to create a wire sculpture that represented something memorable from my childhood. I chose to create a pineapple because it was and is one of my favorite foods, but more importantly, the pineapple represents the TV show Spongebob Squarepants. My brother and I always used to watch this show together, so it also represents the strong bond my brother and I share. The pineapple is also a symbol for friendship.For this project, I used 16 pieces of thin wire. I connected all of the pieces at the base of the pineapple and then twisted them around each other to create the diamond shape of a pineapple skin. The wire reconnected at the top of the pineapple after bending them into the spikes of the pineapple. The hardest part ofcreating this pineapple was figuring out the base because that is where the whole pineapple connects, but in the end, once the pattern was complete, the wire all came together at the top.
For this project, I worked on making the eyes, mouth, and attaching each piece to the face with Cameron. We also built up the face and gave it some definition after putting on each individual piece. One of the things that was frustrating about constructing the face, was trying to glue on the ears and the cheek bones. The thing I am most proud of that Cameron and I created were the eyes. The eyes looked as realistic as possible, and really popped on the face.
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.
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.
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.