Archive for March, 2013


Strange Familiarities

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Lizzie Booher’s piece was one of the most eye-catching pieces that I noticed on the wall and it was interesting for me to see her final product after watching her go from each process. The first thing that really stood out to me was the similar pink tones in both of the real-life pictures. It makes the two pictures cohesive as much as the abstract ones since they both use similar color schemes. I also loved how she used the bathroom illustration of a female to describe what was familiar in real life to her. In her abstract, even though she had a triangle stacked on top of a square, it still made my imagination want to think of a house, which I thought was impressive for her portrayal of “familiar”. I wouldn’t have thought that her “strange” real-life was her hat, which I think made the picture more strange. Her picture, in my opinion, would have stood out more if she used the black back board to mount her pictures on, instead of the grey one. Overall I enjoyed the other elements to her project that made it unique.

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      I thought it was interesting what Debbie Grossman talked about during the keynote address during the gallery opening night. I especially found it interesting when she was talking about the inspiration for her Postmark collection. After grieving the loss of her mother, Debbie decided to make an art collection inspired by her mother’s letters. I agreed when she said that art is therapeutic for people who are going through issues in their lives. In her own words, ” People need to make art in order to have stable emotions,”. I also loved how she made the phrase “I miss you” such a staple in her collection, especially with the lamp that she made. She also expressed that she tried to use photography to work against death, which really captivated me because people who have passed still live in photographs of themselves. Grossman is someone that people can look up to in order to create exceptional pieces; she proves that even some of the most captivating pieces can simply be words on a page.

Conceptual Contrasts

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My experience with this project was probably one of the most challenging experiences that I have ever had with a project, but I did, however, enjoy the challenge and process of putting it together. I first had difficulty trying to conceptually portray the words that I was given through shapes. The shapes that I finally chose to represent flawed and exquisite came from my own experience with how I’ve interpreted many things that I’ve seen that look “flawed” or”exquisite”. For example, I’m used to seeing a round object in a perfect circle or oval, especially through countless math assignments. Also, the first word that comes to mind when I think of exquisite is detail. I chose to make a lop-sided round shape and a dramatic abstract from these experiences. Also for my real-life objects, the bent can looked “flawed” in my perspective, and my abstract reminded me of a dramatic bird feather, so I found an earring that I felt resembled my abstract in some way. I was glad that I was able to use mounting techniques that were new to me like the oven and the dry-mount rubber cement the class used. I also enjoyed seeing the ideas that my peers came up with, one that specifically captured my attention was Lizzie’s, whose words were strange and familiar( I  discuss her work in a separate post). This project really tested my knowledge on how difficult it can be for  one person to try to convey a word through a shape that others will understand. Overall, I enjoyed this project, and with take what I learned from it with me.

Blind Contour

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On Monday, I spent my time in class challenging my visual interpretation by doing blind contours of my hand and different objects. I did an exercise like this in years past, and I forgot how difficult it is to try to draw something you’re looking at without looking at what you are doing. I think what I did in class will help me to do well on my next project.

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To be honest, I didn’t know what to do when I first started working on my project. I envisioned a model of my chest, where my scar is located, and I kept on thinking about how I was going to pull off a cast of my chest with my scar on it. I even thought about adding a model of my head, so the chest cast by itself wouldn’t look too odd. I decided to start working towards that vision by first asking a cafeteria worker for a cup of flour. I then cut sheets of paper towel into proportioned strips and then dipped them in the water- flour paste I made and carefully placed them over the parts of my body that I wanted to mold. Afterwards, I used my blow dryer to dry the paper on my body, which was at times painful. I did about three layers of this. Afterwards, I coated the  cast with gesso, and then I  cut it, after realizing that it would be more stable in the form of a heart, instead of the form of my body. Afterwards, I  painted over the gesso, and then  glued the ornaments representing my scar over the breastplate. For the straps, I had originally thought to just use ribbon, but chose a more affordable alternative.  I basically followed the previous steps, except I didn’t use paper mache paste. My finished project is a breastplate, conveniently shaped in the form of a heart, with minimal design, and a text relating to what the breastplate represents. The breastplate is fit to my form since I used my upper body to create she shape, and it looks very strong and secure, even though it is very fragile, which is kind of symbolic to me. I am mostly content with my project, even though I wish I could alter a few thing.

If I had  an unlimited budget, I wouldn’t do much else over what I did, or change the materials too much, but I would most- definitely buy paint with  copper, red, and brown tints and use that over the colors I used, and I would buy metallic ink in a bottle and use an old-fashioned scroll pen in a gold/copper color for the text. Last, I would buy a nice finish gloss to paint over my breastplate.

I had a fulfilling time doing this project, and I  learned a lot  during the critique of it as well. I learned how spontaneous art can be, especially when you are so limited with the materials that you need to complete your work. I learned that planning your time is important, especially when you don’t know what might happen between your working time and the deadline. I last learned that it is important for your work to have a universal appeal that everyone can feel they can relate to, even if your work has a deep connection to your life and what you believe.