Archive for November 2013

Start date: October 7, 2013
Presentation date: November 15, 2013
Time as an Element

Project number three is upon us! This's all about time. Somehow, someway, we had to incorporate time into our artwork. Some people took this literally, by drawing clocks and such. Others took this figuratively. Some of my ideas included Clocks by Coldplay, something with a timing belt, hourglass, date stamps, melting candles, domino chain, or glowsticks. 

I was also somewhat inspired by the image below.

2013 on Vimeo

The first idea I chose was to take a date stamp and stamp dates with a huge death toll and have the last date be 9/11. In American culture, we are lead to believe that 9/11 was an extremely tragic day and we have memorials built all over the country. We even have one in our downtown. But there are other tragic days ALL over the world that no one knows about. We have the media portray our country as the victim...when sometimes, we're the main aggressor. I just wanted to show a comparison. But...through my research, there were so many dates and so many different forms of tragedy- mass killings, natural disasters, etc. I was overloaded with so much information that I just couldn't do it. I really want to do this project one day, just not now. 

(Writing down dates in my sketchbook.)

I was getting frustrated with everything and kept putting off my project, so Mr. Sands said I could just scrap it. So I did. Instead, I decided to build an hourglass. I wanted to sculpt it and make it able to be held and seen. It was my second favorite idea on my list.

(Rough draft sketch of hourglass.)

First off, I got two wine bottles from the still life cabinet. I can't exactly blow glass to make the hourglass, now can I? (I probably could if we had the tools and proper equipment to do so.) Anyways, I spent some time cleaning off the label and the sticky residue of ten-year-old-just-used-for-still-life glass. 

(See the bottles? I brought in a quill and some ink that day...
fun times spent doodling.)

Now, I had to decide what to fill the bottles with. Beads, of course! To incorporate time, I put dates on the beads. But not any dates. Because I'm a weirdo and I save all my receipts, I just cut out the dates from them and glued them on the beads. Very time-consuming.

(Look at my beautiful unexpectant-of-a-photograph face.)

(That's much better. Look at the clean bottles!)

(Ta-daaa! Dates! Don't mind my glued-up and slightly dirty fingers. 
Glue is sticky. Things stick to sticky things. I am an art student.
You can't make art without getting dirty. :D)

The receipts are important because in looking at them, I could see what I bought, from where, and sometimes, for whom. I remember most of those occasions. 

After all the beads were glued and dry, I put them in the bottles. The easiest way to get the bottles together was hot glue. So I glued it down and around the bottles. Now, I needed a base and something to hold up the base. Mr. Sands graciously cut out two identical circles of wood (that I traced using a bucket.) One side was painted white, so I just had to go in and make the other side match and sand them down. I then glued them to the bottom of the bottles. After that, I got three wooden dowels from the supply room and painted them black. I was going for a black & white color scheme here. Mr. Sands helped me to cut the dowels after we measured..but it was a rough measurement. The dowels didn't exactly slide in, they were about a centimeter or so off. 

But then, something broke. In trying to get everything to fit, I accidentally pulled the bottles apart. The glue didn't hold them together anymore. So I had two bottles with wooden bases. I filled one bottle with the beads and glued the dowels down to each base. Voila!

Except, there was a space between the two bottles. Hello, hot glue. 
(I had to hold the bottles together so the glue would dry and 
there would still be a hole the beads could slip through.)

While hot gluing, it got really messy. So messy, in fact, that I just said, "To hell with it," and started a gluing frenzy. It ended up looking like melted candle wax and I enjoyed the look very much. So I kept it.

(That stubborn bubble stayed for a bit and then popped.)

(Yayyy! Done with my project!)

(Looking through the glass, you can make people's facial 
features appear big or small, elongated or wider.)

My Final Project

Uhm. Risks. Well, it was risky to switch my project idea halfway through. It was also risky to work with the mediums that I did because I'm not really knowledgeable about sculpture. A big risk for me was that hot glue though. As it turns out, it was a risk very much rewarded! Everyone seemed to really like my project. 

Characteristics of Art
Technique: the way I put everything together and with the amount of care I showed.
Concept: My concept is that dates and memories are important to the passage of time 
and the creation of human character. 
Emotion: Without the written concept, I don't think people will have a strong reaction to my piece. Unless of course, they have good eyesight and notice the dates. Then maybe, they can draw their 
own conclusion and meaning. 
New: My idea is new in the sense that I replaced the sand with dates.
Medium: My overarching medium was sculpture. I used wine bottles, beads, receipts, hot glue, wood, wooden dowels, and black & white acrylic paint. 

Sadly, the hourglass has to be at an angle to have all the beads flow through. It's very fragile as well. But all in all, I really loved this project and it's one of my favorite things I've ever made. :D 

It's About Time! Full View

November 15, 2013
Because my friend Robbie likes to nap in class sometimes, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity for a self-made warm-up. Took about three minutes for the first one, fifteen for the second.

You can see facial features and a hand. 
The lines at the top are his hair, I think.

He decided to draw me afterwards. One side of my body fell asleep, while I was faking being asleep! Imagine that.

Sleeping Beauty Full View

 The time is lunch. The medium- an apple. The model- my friend, A. 

*cue angels singing*

Ho ho ho~

Om nom nom...


Daily Intetexuality Full View


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