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.
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
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.