Friday, March 5, 2010

More Sculptures

Project 2: Modeling, Transformation and the Surreal Project. (Additive Sculpture)

We used a product called Carton Peidra to transform an object into something surreal. What would you never combine and why, how would that change the meaning? What strange combination would make you laugh and why? Or use chance, let the object guide you. Remember you’re on a journey, you don’t need to arrive anywhere.
Left to Right: Christian’s La Fuente Original, Drue’s Grave Digger, Joseph’s There’s Always a Bigger Fish, Ruth's This Boys Life, Antonia's Nature and Nurture, Ryan's Shedding and Karen's Stock Still. In the bottom row is Jeremiah's A Babies Hunger, Malgorzata's Perfect Female, Lauren's Sir Real and Ron's Happiness.
All the photos didn't turn out so sorry if your piece is time. 


Thought I would share some of my sculpture students projects.

Project 1: Drawing in Space, Wire Project. It’s time to move off a page into space. Think of the wire as a line that has come alive, moved from the flat world of 2 dimensions into our world of three.  Use a roll of wire to create a three dimensional object. 
Left to right: Antonia's Advance in Women, Ron's Ewa Beach, Marc's Oh Honey, Mateo's Tree, Karen's Pointy Bird and Barbara's Female Movement Through Life. In the second row is Drue's Smooth Operator, Liz's Wire Hair Terrorist, Ruth's Evolutionary Pondering and Lauren's Sunbating Vulture.


Monday, March 1, 2010

Rattle Musings

I sent the rattles off to a show in Santa Ysabel, at the Santa Ysabel Gallery and it got me thinking...what was I thinking you ask? 
Rattles are instruments of ritual used to put the participant in the correct state of mind for the ceremony. They also have the history of being toys given to infants, also to put them in the correct state of mind, i.e. quite.
         The rattle babies seem to scream quietly, until shaken. They are a combination of our animal and human selves.  As is the tradition in composite creates they are given aspects of the animal they are combined with, sort of a shadow self and or an animal guide. I also feel compelled to give them the tools they may need to survive. A baby human, bird or deer all need protection and camouflage. A hawk needs the rabbit, a fish the sea. Batboy instead carries the weight of our fear of our animal selves in his little body. He carries the burden of the love/hate relationship we have with this myth of the super hero/monster. A human who carries too much animal, the unwelcome aspects (the wolf-the bat) becomes either a hero or quickly an evil creature to be avoided or stamped out.  But as a baby we feel connected somehow to this animal and thereby to ourselves. I know some may look and see only the strangeness of it all but I’m hoping for a small recognition to the self.