In my piece I wanted to convey the conflict of deforestation using the hard hat made of soap, as well as show, with the nose, how appreciating nature will become harder in time. The 8.5 x 11 is the dimensions of regular copy paper which is a prime cause of deforestation and is easily relatable to the viewer. I feel the nose was a big accomplishment as it was outside my comfort zone and turned out quite nice. I also carved out the inside of the hardhat cleanly without making it too thin. The biggest challenge was the lid as it needed to be thin but also connect properly with the outside of the hat. If I were to this again I would plan out the soap better before hand in order to keep the dimensions realistic.
Here is where we took a mold of my nose
I set out to create a visual representation of my family from an emotional perspective. I wanted to capture the randomness of my parent’s mood on any given day with metaphorical dice in an open hand. Any random roll can give way to numbers of possibilities, just like their emotions can be anything on any day. I found the layout of a standard six-sided die and, over the course of several days and bars of soap, carved the most intricate indented cubes I could. The creation of the cubes was the most difficult aspect of the project. Trying to create identical sides of a cube by slowly shaving away at the soap was very challenging. Whether the soap just crumpled under the force of the knife or my cube was noticeably lopsided, I found myself restarting over and over to perfect my dice. With my cubes finished I molded my hand into a position that was best to accommodate the space taken up by both dice. I felt that my final product and photographic representation of my work are very well done however something I need to work on moving forward is my patience. I often found myself rushing into various aspects of the project, often ruining them and needing to restart. I felt like I definitely could’ve executed this project more smoothly and maybe even better if I took my time more on the sculpting and molding process. Overall as my first piece I am very pleased and it has given me the experience to approach my future projects with knowledge of certain materials and sculpting tools.