Sculpture allowed me to express my creativity, learn about materials and different processes, and think critically about aesthetics.
Skin & Skeleton
This project was instrumental in my learning of new skills and processes and is my favorite sculpture piece I've created. Thinking about organic forms, my plaster mold resembles some sort of growth. I was intrigued by the shape of a pyramid, and started the project wanting to construct a pyramid shaped box. While I had all the pieces to do so, I ultimately left out two of the pieces and opted for the metal supports instead. I’m very proud of my craftsmanship in the project with my metal and wood working, and loved the idea of adding sand to the bottom of the structure. I gained experience with woodworking and creating biscuit joints, as well as welding and creating my own hardware for fixturing,
Organic & Manmade
This project was an experiment in using unorthodox materials. I was attracted to the reflectivity of tin foil and other metals and ended up stumbling upon steel wool sponges in CVS when looking for materials. This project taught me a lot about exploring the material you’re working with and not trying to make it do things it doesn’t want to. I experimented with taking the sponges apart and really liked the rolled shape they created when I cut them. I started piecing together different rolls using wire as thread and let the material guide me through the shape it should take.
Material & Meaning
Prompted to create some sort of identity finder, I wanted to express integration between materials and identity. Thinking about trying to tie in my major of Product Design, I ended up with the slotted metal structure. When I was playing around with the metal chop saw, I began to take strips of aluminum sheets and cut notches in them which reminded me of rulers. I like that the piece is simply held together on its own, which is a nod to something seeming as if it’s put together, but in reality, could be barely holding itself together. I liked playing around with light with this piece since the notches created interesting shadows.
Proportions & Form
A nod to proportions and form, this piece demonstrates simplicity and a clean form. I experimented with how different proportions of the three pieces interacted with each other and loved the big cube balancing on the top which seems almost counter intuitive to the concept of gravity. I focused a lot on craftsmanship through sanding my pieces carefully and using the saw to notch out a piece of the cube. The final product looks clean and really highlights the different axes of the form.