Friday, November 30, 2007
Living Intermission, 2007
Fabric, wire, bulbs, Polyphemus moths and cocoons
9' X 12' X 13'
Thursday, November 29, 2007
this project was an exploration of flirtation and the role that eyes have in flirting. how eyes draw in the person and are considered windows to the soul. i loved the idea of how manipulated and extreme people make their eyes and to expand and enlarge that to a grotesque creature.
fabric, foam, strong , hair gel, feathers, paint ,hot glue
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
The greatest discoveries are usually the simplest ideas. Using a semi-hydroponics method, I germinated and eventually grew grass on shaped sponges. The three legged bases are carved from wood. Upon damaged LCD screen (that have been removed from their cases) I used Vacuum-Formed plastic that I continued to manipulate with a heat gun. The plastic was used for both a visual aid (giving a petal like appearance) as well as a functional form to provide protection to the electronics from water. I also used rope to allow water to flow into the sponges, in addition they were to compliment and play off the electrical cords attached to the monitor.
This piece I was mainly attempting to tell a story, similar to the way a painter would tell a story. I provided characters and a setting as well as visual imagery to suggest the idea I was wanted to portray. I wanted to lead the viewer into the idea of how, with all of our progression and advancements in technology that benefit our lives, we have been causing harm to our environment which is beginning to effect and degrade our lives. The result here is that while the light from the LCD monitor provides energy to the grass it requires energy to operate, hence perpetuating the problem leading to the stalemate.
The Process of Progress Leads to a Stalemate
LDC screens, Wood, Sponge, Grass, Vacuum-formed Plastic
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
The balance of large objects on one another is the main attraction of this piece. It attempts to capture the delicate shape of a droplet of liquid in a large, heavy material. The droplet forms are balanced on top of one another to create a tension. The tips of each droplet touch the underside of the next to create a system of balancing shapes.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Aluminum, plaster, resin, gel, clay, foamboard, wood, foam, oil-paint
This system of forms attempts to exemplify the relationship between material, shape, and texture. Much like our own systems, and the solar system in which we live within, "splatter" allows the viewer to link nine foreign objects, all differing greatly in appearance, and linking them together by displaying them in an identical environment. Displayed on a clean wood veneer surface, each splatter takes on its own interpretation of what a splatter looks like, how it feels, and what it does to the surrounding space.
Friday, November 9, 2007
Wood, Copper Tubing, Air
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Drama, is a piece which examines the aspect of a persons own daily interactions of the superficial and unnecessary, "drama," in their lives. The idea that we are surrounded by drama which we wish to at times cleanse ourselves of, is represented by the flowing water surrounded by faceless people in monitors reciting monologues that loop from various dramatic plays, ranging from Aurthur Miller's, All My Sons, to Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman's, You Can't Take It With You. The effect of the piece becomes an assault on the senses specifically the auditory ones as the sound of water mixed with four different voices and conversations draws the viewer away from the piece. As one would hope to want to steer clear of drama, this reaction is a desired one.
Pressure Treated Wood, Copper Piping, Water, Various Video Components
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Using a 19th century door frame from a Delaware row house, old timber from a Delaware farmhouse and railroad ties, I fabricated a structure reminiscent of an antique pivoting picture frame. The doll is based on that of a child's Topsy Turvy doll which has two heads, torsos, and arms. A skirt separates the two and hides whichever is on the bottom. By using the ropes, which are attached to both sides of the frame, the doll may be flipped upside down and rightside up.
This action seems to play upon the idea of struggle between two girls: a struggle for power, for recognition, for love. The title alludes to Mammy being the skirt that serves two purposes... to shelter what is underneath and to clothe what is on top. It also references the game Monkey in the Middle.
Mammy in the Middle
1800's Door Frame, 1800's Farmhouse Wood,
Railroad Ties, Rope, Fabric, Newspaper, Fiberfill, Metal
12' x 14' x 1' 6"
Sunday, November 4, 2007
Inanimate Animation, 2007
paper, mono-filament, plastic, helium gas
The piece began as a focus on the object in attempting to metaphorically represent a flock. The pinwheels would spin separately as the balloons lifted them into the air, and the kite would direct the motion of the entire form; just as birds act as individuals but move in unison. However, as I finished the construction, I realized that what was more interesting to me was my prediction of how the object would act in the sky, rather than the object itself.
In reality, I understood, that I could never actually predict how it would function, because that would entail controlling the wind, moisture in the air, how the cars were parked in the parking lot, along with other factors of my expected presentation space and nature in general. To me what was most interesting was my trying to figure out how to make the object do what I wanted it to do. Therefore, the final piece was a performative act of me learning how to fly the flock. Towards the close of my interaction, I thought I was finally controlling the way it was moving getting it to go into the air when I wanted it to, but I realized it would only do so when I was running and only in the direction of the wind; it ended up controlling me.
Saturday, November 3, 2007
Phillip was a translation of one of my drawings to sculpture: an extreme interpretation of the goofy feelings that come too often in my life. He was put together roughly, stitched together with colorful string from bottom to martinet stand. Ideally, I want people to react to him by having their childhoods come back to them; but also by understanding the parallel between then and now.