Untitled Sculpture (March 2017)
Inspiration and Connections to History
I enjoyed creating this piece. When I started with the box, I had no idea where to go with it. However, as I started to sketch out ideas, the idea to create a physical representation of emotions came to mind. I wanted to incorporate the use of screws and nails into the piece, because I had seen it used in the past, but had never tried it. I had a lot of old nails and random stuff lying around my house, so I decided to put it to use. I'll admit that I began with the negative emotions, such as fear and hatred, since they were easier to create than the happier emotions.
The emotions represented are loneliness, hatred, fear, sadness, happiness, love, peace, anger, guilt, confusion, joy, peace, stress and the feeling of being surrounded by those you love.
STAY calm (Feb. 2017)
The Final Piece:
Historical Connections and Inspirations
I was inspired in part by the expressionist art movement and the works of Edvard Munch. The expressionist art movement reached its peak in Germany, France, Austria and Russia in the years before World War I. Expressionist artwork is marked by chaotic lines, rapid brush marks, and sharp colors. Prominent expressionist artists include Edvard Munch and Vincent van Gogh.
I plan to make what I am going to call a 3-D painting. The canvas will serve as the background and will be painted with an image of a girl surrounded by chaos. I will paint a picture frame to place in front of the canvas and connect the two pieces with dowels. The dowels on top will form a sort of roof above the painting from which I will hang butterflies with images on their wings representing different emotions and topics. The butterflies will hang at different heights around the girl's face.
My theme for this piece is emotion, particularly the emotion of hope. The girl in the painting stands in a harsh red atmosphere of hatred, but is still able to take a second, close her eyes and feel the hope around her as it is represented in the butterflies flying around her.
Reflection on Piece
I really enjoyed making this piece. I don't usually work in sculpture, and I prefer to work in acrylic paint, but in this piece I combined the two into one work. I began with only a couple of sketches and ideas, but parts of the project were more spontaneous. For instance, when I started, I was not sure how the butterflies' wings would be constructed. I thought it over for a while and decided I would try painting on plastic wrap then spreading it over the wings. It worked very well, but I wish I had added more layers of paint on the plastic wrap before I added it to the wings. Overall, I think the project was a great success.
Reflection in Pieces (Feb. 2017)
Seas of Stress (Dec. 2016)
Historical Connections and Inspirations
This piece is inspired by a variety of historical artists and styles. The art style I am incorporating into this work is surrealism. Surrealism focuses on dreamlike images with elements of the real and fantasy. I want to incorporate this element as the hair in my painting transforms from hair to the ocean and the shark emerges from the ocean.
My piece is also inspired by Elliot Hundley, an artist from Greensboro, NC. His artwork is made from cut up magazines, string, plastic, gold leaf and pieces left over from former projects. I really like how he incorporates many elements of art into one cohesive piece, and how he forms a single image from all the pieces of artwork.
For more information about Elliot Hundley's works visit: http://www.art21.org/artists/elliott-hundley
Ibis Puppet (Nov. 2016)
Our art class collaborated with Donovan Zimmerman from Paperhand Puppets to create giant puppets for use in a show last November. All the puppets were made from cardboard, newspaper, fabric and wood. Once we made the structure of the puppets we painted them and assembled them into a whole piece. I helped create the ibis for the show. The ibis is responsible for telling Little Lion the story of the fight to end segregation in the United States and the fight to end Apartheid in South Africa.
We worked on the ibis as a team of three people. We began by creating the structure of the head and neck of the ibis from cardboard and then used newspaper to add detail. After we added the newspaper, we covered the entire structure with paper mache and painted the entire head. Once the paint had dried, we added a pole to the head, so that the actors could carry it.
Once the head was complete, we added the wings and body of the ibis. The ibis body was made from sheets that were cut to form feathers and felt. The wings began as just the sheets, and we worked as a team to add detail to the wings and keep them from getting tangled. Once the white part of the wings was completed, we cut out black feathers for the bottom of the wings and red sections for the tops of each wing. We braided strips of patterned fabric to add a splash of color to each wing. Once these sections were added to the wings, it was complete.
Seconds of Serenity (Oct. 2016)
It's a beautiful day sky falls, you feel like it's a beautiful day, don't let it get away. You're on the road but you've got no destination. You're in the mud, in the maze of her imagination. -U2
Tree of Knowledge (Oct. 2016)
The words from Tree of Knowledge Read:
We are the living and the living must love the world it is our duty to fill our hearts
Bones why do I even try a constant ache are my dirty hands
My heart will break one night and with no words you will find me gone come morning
Quiet as paper cuts people steal me away blot out the night and invent new stars Having mutilated and freed myself from the very wings which for so long held me aloft NO ANSWERS WILL BE GIVEN, the executioner's song, but do not be sad, nothing is lost.
No one is hear. I walk the beaches alone. So small, no one should feel this alone.
I was inspired by Kara Walker's work to create this piece. I wanted to incorporate the stark contrasts she uses in her work into my own. I feel like a lot of my work lacks good contrast and one of my goals for this piece was to improve the contrast between the owl, tree and snake when compared to the blue background.
For more information about Kara Walker, please visit: http://www.art21.org/artists/kara-walker
Historical Connections and Inspirations
I was inspired in part by the surrealist style and art movement. This movement was largest during the 1920s and into the 30s and 40s. Some famous artists of the surrealist movement include Salvador Dali, Rene Magritte and Pablo Picasso. I incorporated the surrealist style into my tree that transforms into a snake and in the snake's eyes. The snake, although a snake has the eyes of a human, as does the owl. These human style eyes represent how all living things are connected and how, although we consider ourselves better off than animals, we are all a part of this planet and the interconnection of all species.
Where is my childhood?
My painting is showing how society seems to take away from everyone’s childhood and can force people to do things they don’t want to, I used a surrealistic style combined with my theme of transformation. I tried to make the painting darker where the blonde girl is being pulled away from the mountain. The flowers go from growing and flourishing to dying and shriveling up. I used brighter colors on the right side of my painting to show how happy she had been and how happy the world seemed. As your eye moves left to the other girl, the colors get darker and the flowers begin to die. I used more blues and greys in this part of the painting to show the sadness.
I haven't done a lot of photography recently, but these are some of the photos I've taken in the past. Most of the top set focuses on nature, while the bottom sets focus on trips I have taken in the past few years.