2017 Senior Show
Mirror, Mirror and Re-Emerge (May 2017)
The Final Pieces:
Mirror Mirror Reflection
My prompt for this piece was to create an abstraction of part of a whole from one of my previous pieces. I chose to use the frame from in front of my piece, Stay Calm. The frame resembles the same frame I used in this piece. I tried to transform the frame by making it bright and covered in bright colors, flowers and shells that are associated with positive emotions, instead of the negative emotions represented on the other frame I used.
Mirror, Mirror Theme
My prompt for this piece was to create a piece that was an abstraction of something I had already created. I chose to create an abstract version of a frame I had used to create other projects. The piece relates to my prompt of emotion, because I wanted to transform the feeling of sad emotions as they are instead of being overwhelming, are transformed into only a small part of a the whole mind. Instead of being the focal of my piece they are represented in only the nails I added in the frame. Even the saddest feelings of loss and death, represented in the dried flowers can still be outweighed by the beauty in the rest of the world.
mirror, Mirror connections to History
I was inspired by the abstract expressionist art movement of the 1940s and1950s. This art movement focused on a more abstract take of expressionism that was influenced by surrealism movements. I was inspired by this movement because of one of its focuses on emotion. I wanted to convey emotion in an abstract manner in my own work, though most of my pieces were not abstract. Several main abstract expressionists include Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning and Barnett Newman.
Mirror, Mirror Artist Inspiration
I was partially inspired by the works of Matthew Ritchie in the creation of this piece. I love how he uses a balance of color to establish a mood in each of his pieces. His work is very abstract, but each piece still comes together and appears a whole image that flows. I want to try to convey this flow throughout my piece, since I don't usually create abstract art, and I prefer to create work with a deep personal meaning.
I made Re-Emerge by accident. It was originally going to be part of my earlier piece, "Reflection in Pieces" rather than its own piece. However, then I decided that I preferred it to be a separate piece rather than part of another piece. I had never cast my face before, and the experience was really cool. I was excited to learn a new process, and am thrilled with the final piece.
Re-Emerge relates to my theme of emotion, specifically the emergence of hidden emotion. While the surrounding surface of the mask is a beautiful and clean, the actual surface is rough and raw. The actual face showcases the true emotion, as it resurfaces from the dark blue surroundings that resemble water. The mask creates the image that the true person is resurfacing from the hidden depths that hide her true emotions.
Re-Emerge Connections to History
The piece "Re-Emerge" was inspired by the realism art movement. I was inspired by this movement in the creation of my face, so that it looked as accurate as possible. However, instead of creating an identical sculpture, I added a wax resist to create the image of the face emerging from the darker blue background. Realism traditionally tries to recreate reality as it appears naturally and as accurately as possible. It began in France in 1840s and several famous realists include Gustave Courbet, Edgar Degas, and Thomas Eakins. However, realism is much older as it can be seen in Greek art during the Hellenistic period.
Re-Emerge Artist Inspiration
When creating "Re-Emerge" I was also inspired by the works of Diana Al-Hadid. Her sculptures offer a mix of realistic and surreal imagery that I wanted to capture in my piece. The top piece, "In Mortal Repose" reflects the feeling of motion and melting away that I want to convey in my piece as the blue glaze drips off of the exposed clay.
Trapped (April 2017)
The Final Piece:
Poems on the Outside of the Glass
- The power of beautiful
- I stare at mountains
- How to make it?
- Hold great hope.
- Stand up.
- Keep climbing.
- steady, controlled, in harmony
- Some journeys cannot be put into words.
- Heroes? Look to your friends, family and community- then turn towards the mirror.
- the deeper we dive, the more remarkable we become and in the end, one truth that rises to the top is our tomorrows belong only to this day. the lesson we learn is to passionately express our daily moments with grace and gratitude.
- roll up your sleeves and take action.
- the secret to life-
- Life will grant insight.
- If you imagine a big tree, it began from a little tiny seed.
- I imagine to
- express perfection, completion, infinity, wholeness.
- Humility defeats pride. Pride defeats man.
- When seeking out the new
- around or over obstacles
- Hold on.
- TO LIFE
- What will your story be?
Poems on the Inside of the Glass
- Little is being done
- "Everything rots, everything dies."
- My optimism is made of a myriad of pessimism
- Storm clouds, my past
- litter of history, regret
- a moment of panic. little details
- is gone now.
- I see a heart waiting to be broken
- In the heart
- Vanished day
- Just a memory
- What has been done?
- Seeking silence
- Corruption is a pandemic problem
- I was told as a child
- to get lost
- intermittently spray over the rocks
- was an accident
- will be more disappointed
- never showed up.
- You have to realize,
- The invisible
- "Nothing here grows"
- desert as hopeless as the Sahara itself
- "Only when it was gone did we realize what was lost."
- Happy now?
- another's burden
- real world
- won't last forever
- What matters
- 800 problems
- Feel tired
- I am like a blind man feeling his way.
- The rules have changed.
- But I can't fix this.
- It was raining a hard gray rain
- The sixth mass extinction
- cloaked in mist
- "They see people as objects."
Reflection on Piece
I enjoyed creating this piece and am happy for the most part about how it turned out. My goal with the piece was to express the internal and external emotions of a person. The words and images on the outside of the sculpture express a sense of calm composure. They convey that a beautiful flower is growing , one that can withstand adversity and continues to grow and prosper in the darkness. However, the interior reveals the true emotion, one of chaos and confusion. Instead of allowing the peaceful flower grow, the hand is clutching several burning flowers. This represents the internal fire and fear that often resides inside, behind the carefully composed exterior.
Historical Inspirations and Connections
I utilized an expressionistic style for this work. I was inspired by the works of several expressionist artists, especially Wassily Kandinsky. I wanted to mirror the texture of expressionists in my work particularly in the canvases. The textures they add to their paintings greatly improve the depth and breadth of the image and add a layer of interest for the eye that I have always wanted to add into my works.
I was also inspired by the works of Fred Wilson. I enjoy his style using unorthodox materials, such as black Murano glass that are not normally used in artwork. I wanted to incorporate this into my piece, as I used the glass from picture frames in my work instead of using the full picture frame. I wanted to transform the idea of what can be painted on by stretching my own canvas and painting on both sides of it, rather than the traditional style in which only one side is painted on. His work also leaves many interpretations open for the viewer, and I want to convey this feeling in this piece, along with several of my other pieces including, "Reflection in Pieces" and "Stay Calm." The exterior of the piece is peaceful and balanced, but the interior reveals a much more dangerous flaming interior.
Boxed Emotions (March 2017)
The Final Piece:
Inspiration and Connections to History
The art movement behind this piece is symbolism. Symbolism uses symbols to represent concepts and ideas instead of direct imagery that is used in impressionism. Several artists of the symbolic movement include Odilon Redon and Gustave Moreau. Instead of literally representing the emotions with words, I chose to represent them with images or models of each emotion. For example, my block representing fear, I chose to represent the feeling of fear by creating a dark box covered in eyes, reflecting the common childhood theme of the fear of the dark, a feeling of paranoia and the feeling of dread common in horror movies when the main character opens an ancient door.
I was inspired by the artist, Yinka Shonibare, in the making of this project. He works in a myriad of mediums, but most incorporate an element of 3-D art. I love the sense of balance he creates in his sculptures and hope to convey it into my own work. His work conveys a common appearance that flows from one piece to another, and I tried to do that through my works this semester by using wire in many of my pieces this semester.
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 was inspired by the works of Richard Tuttle in this piece. His works bend the use of different mediums, transforming them from what is expected. His works when viewed very quickly seem a little chaotic, but then once the eye adjusts, there is a definite movement through the work. This balance is something I want to reflect in this piece, especially with the butterflies. I don't want them to be unbalanced in either size or number.
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)
Historical Connections and Inspirations
My work is partially inspired by a poem by Paul Laurence Dunbar titled "We Wear the Mask." This poem describes the agonies of someone who has worn a mask, their face, that hides their true emotions behind those society mandates they must show.
I was in part inspired by the works of William Kentridge when I made this piece. I really enjoy how he uses words to create an image and how he transforms the usual into the unusual. His pieces transforming skulls into other figures helped me determine how to orient the skull of my piece to properly display its dimension and shape.
I enjoyed making this piece. The entire piece conveys a sense of complexity and balance that I don't think is evident in some of my other works. I also think my process reflects the constantly changing nature of my work. When I originally planned to make this piece I was going to use a cast of my face on the wire skull, but after I cast my face and fired it, I decided it was a wonderful piece by itself instead of when attached to the skull.
My theme for this piece was emotion, and my prompt was direct observation. I wanted to convey the hidden emotions as described in Dunbar's "We Wear the Mask," which embodies the hidden emotions we hide behind our peaceful expressions and boil around inside us. I wanted to convey this rise of calm emotions from a sea of confusion by creating a chaotic base on the wood. Then I built up the hands and skull so that the emerged from the chaos. The face is elegant and I used an array of light delicate colors to emphasize the peacefulness and relaxation that is shown to everyone around us. However the back of the face is black with a face made from aluminum sheets. It is harsh and hidden behind the mask so that no one can see it, as the emotions we hide are often the emotions we struggle with the most are often our deepest darkest, such as fear, sadness, loneliness and doubt.
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.