This piece is a continuation of my figure studies through line and subtlety. In Body (one) I used the contrast of a white floor in a heavily lit room to formulate a the shape of a body through rising horizontal lines but in this piece the forms use vertical lines that are fleshed out through bends and kinks to start to imply body parts. I really wanted to get away from this idea of a "perfect figure" that starts to happen when working figuratively, that is the sort of slender and typically male bodied, thin figure, and give something a little more. Bodies have such a variety of shapes and abilities so to only use one form when working with the idea of a body doesn't quite fulfill what I want to do and this piece was the first step in really distorting that perfect figure and seeing what the many shapes and forms of the body can give me in an artistic sense.
The bottles explore the fragility of glass and its destruction over time. The bottles faced varying levels of manipulation from light surface treatments to deeply engrained cuts. By having them hung, the bottles lose their sense of strength and density, becoming light and fragile, swaying through the air. Additonly, the hanging allows the viewer to witness the objects from all angles and heights. This keeps the viewer engaged, allowing them to walk up and down the curtain of bottles, looking high and low to witness the sandblasted patterns and cuts.
I wanted to combine photography and sculpture in a way that wasn't expected. I researched a lot of artists who used photography within their work and I found a common theme was to pull apart the photo itself. I decided to take a portrait of an individual and simply dissect the major parts of the face. I then combined the pieces back together to create a sense of a portrait, using separate portraits.
From the start I knew I wanted to explore the ideas of depth and dimensionality using a minimalistic approach. While arranging individual pieces, I came to the final decision to create a house form. Material wise, I went with the choice of found wood to create a sense of lightness and warmth for viewers entering the space, as opposed to the heavy coldness given off by steel and other metals. To further the sense of warmth, I also chose to paint the inner side of the structure with an intense red to contrast the dull, gray found on the outer sides of the structure. Furthermore, I aimed to create a sense of structural security by suspending individual pieces by chain. Lastly, I made a last minute decision to include a live plant in the center of the space to create a sense of life amongst the otherwise lifeless space.
This piece displays common household objects in abnormal range. It brings in to question how we relate the objects involved based on the way that they are positioned in relation to the surrounding objects as well as in space. Arrangement (1) in the next step in a series of exploring the realm of the domestic. The objects paired with their orientation become a vehicle used to drive visual narrative in the mind of the viewer.