For this piece I wanted to express how everyone looks and sometimes acts the same. They desire to have a certain look and they continue to strive after it until they look like everyone else. I used Barbies since Barbies are unrealistically desirable when it comes to the image of the body. I didn't want this to be a glamorous piece, I wanted it to look more on the creepy side because I feel like striving for perfection shouldn't be a good thing. I painted them, well most of them all pink since pink is a common Barbie color. I made their clothes out of food wrappers since they look like they haven't eaten a good meal, also it's ironic since there waists are so tiny and chips aren't the ideal health food. For the middle girl I really wanted to use her to show her transforming into the others. That's why she doesn't look finished as well her hair is turning brown. The chip clothes isn't finished, because it is in the process of connecting to her. The boats circling her as well on her is the symbol of society, they are what is changing her into the others, into a clone. In the end, the choices you choose to fit in, you are just another clone.
For this piece I went on the direction of an empty plate meaning skipping a meal based on eat disorders. Feeling to fat or not confident with how you look in a mirror. I decided for this piece that I will use empty plates as the tiles for the mosaic. For each color plate I had to smash it into different sizes. The white plates had to be little pieces, the blue plates could be larger pieces. I then proceeded to hot glue the pieces down, once I had the blues and whites down I thought that it could use another color for the middle of the piece. I ended up going with a yellow, thinking it really flowed with the blues. For the very, very middle someone gave me the idea of using a mirror. I went with that idea thinking it would be cool to see yourself reflected back showing this could be you.
I used concrete instead of grout, only because I didn't have access to grout at the time. It was a long and messy process but i got the hang of it. After the concrete set I realized the color of it clashed poorly with the piece. So, I went back with paint and dyed the concrete. Also the words in the middle didn't stand out like they should have so I thought it would help pronounce the piece even further.
Making a wire tree looks hard but it is actually not that hard at all. When I first made a wire tree it looked horrible, (You can see in one of my earlier posts), so making another tree I was a little nervous it wouldn't turn out as well as I wanted it too. Luckily for me it turned out beautifully. It is possibly one of my favorite pieces I have made so far. I went with using a rose gold, silver, and gold wire to give it a very calming, inviting look to it. I made sure to make the branches stretch out very far. That I used as little sliver as I could, in the end it was perfect. For the base of the tree I attached it to a piano wire, the same piano wire that I had used in an earlier project as well, (Rustic Piano). To carry on with the boat theme I put tiny boats on a few of the branches, it's kinda like a family tree. This piece isn't exactly finished, I am making a gross apple core out of clay, then I will attach wire to it then the other end will attach to the trunk of the tree. Going off the saying, "the apple doesn't fall to far from the tree" I am not sure how it will look, if it looks bad then I will take it off, if it looks good I will keep it. The apple isn't finished yet so the pictures below are what the piece is at the moment. The apple would represent you, how most people feel when they fall away from society, the after effects.
I wanted to give off the message of how society leaves there scars on your body. You become transparent almost, because you are not yourself. I proceeded to show this by making a torso out of clear tape, to show there is nothing left inside of you accept the markings of society that is. Paper boats is the symbol that I used to represent on how they are always there messing things up. There is a huge paper boat inside of this piece. The slashes on the body show the impact of what words can do to someone. I wrote harsh words around the slits to show how it got there and how it feels like. I also added a little embroidery to add more to it, this piece is more than something little which is how people are, they are so much more.
This is a picture of the back side of the piece
For this piece it turned out way better than I had originally expected. The idea at the time seemed bigger than what I could handle. With some help and lots of patience I was able to make it happen. The meaning behind the piece shows the transition from childhood to older youth. What we held in our hearts were such pleasant things that were very careless. Whereas now, the top of the heart shows how we hold the desire to look a certain way. It's more of a harsher half of the heart and or part of our life.
I made this piece by using paper mache, squishy tubing, wood, and paint. The first half of the heart I made first, I used a wire base then proceeded to cover that in many layers of newspaper covered in glue or another solution flour and water. I then found small pieces of wood and inserted it in to use as shelves for the finished product. With the paint colors I wanted to do a blend since a heart isn't exactly one color, it has mixtures. I added blues, bronze and a little black through out the heart. For the second half of the heart I did the same thing as I did with the first half. I then connected the two boards using wood glue to keep it together. To have it stand on it's own I used wooden poles and then screwed them into the boards. After that was standing on it's own I used a geso which is like white paint to paint the wood the same color. Inside the heart I placed items to really represent child to youth. With the pieces inside I gave them a rough look by using white geso on the items.
The overall finished piece I am very happy with how it had turned out.
For this project I created a paper boat mobile, written on these boats are letters. The white boats are letters from you, the grey ones in the middle are letters responding back to you from Society. It talks about body image, and how you have to withhold a certain look, a certain ranking and so forth. As the letters descend down they get messier, smudged, as if they are getting ruined. This represents the destruction that evolves over time from trying so hard to become something that doesn't even exist. I have it set up as a mobile because it's representing the beginning of a child's life, that society is always around.
This is the first piece out of twelve that I will be making based on the theme of society and how it's always around since day one of your life. For this piece I made it out of clay using molds that contained various baby parts. I had to attach the legs, arms and head to the body. That was a long, fragile process to get the baby to be all connected. The baby head was a bit big so I had to open the body out a little more so the baby didn't look like a bobble head. For the words on the back of the baby I used alphabet soup that burned away in the bisque kiln. I then proceeded to paint the baby a pink color to symbol a girl (me) an to show how innocent a baby is, how clean they are. For the paper boat it is the recurring item that will be seen throughout the project.
For this Piece I greatly enjoyed doing it. For whatever reason I like to work with wire and tubing things. I used a new tool that I have never worked with before and it helped me in so many ways. I used a pipe cutter, it's a small piece that fits in your hands and surprsingly cuts the pipe with ease and doesn't even hurt you... well I mean it could but it's not likely. With this piece I worked it like I have done all the others, improvising. When it comes to Abstract art I am not the one to really plan it, I rather just allow myself to work through it. I used Copper Pipes, small that is nothing hudge, to make shapes, the same shape that is. Only I started big and it got smaller as it went in. I really do hope I can continue making Abstract pieces in my later life because I do enjoy them greatly.
For this project I had to make a vessel piece, so of course I made a trey, I am not very good with bowls. By making a trey I used a mold to get the shape of it. After making the actual base of the trey I went on to use scrafito for the designing part of the trey. I went with a tree because I love the beauty that trees give off in the world. I wanted to do a tea set to go along with it but I did not have enough time to do that. It turned out very sleek which was what I was going for, overall I was happy with the outcome.
For this project I was assigned to make a relief square. I could make this square as big as I wanted it to be. Go big or go home, but in this case I kept within my set skills by doing a medium sized rectangle. At the time that I was figuring out my design my favorite show called Once Upon a Time was airing it's new season. That is when I got the idea to do a swan after the main characters middle name, Emma Swan. Also, once I had the idea of a swan I knew I could do so much with it. I carved the clay away around the swan to get the basic outline of it. I wanted to give the piece a water ripple look so I decided to have the water ripple around the swan. After I built the swan up to give that a more 3D visual than the rest of the piece. Once I was finished with the clay part and it was put into the Bisque kiln I had to paint it by using glaze. Since glaze is shiny I thought it was appropriate to use that for the water ripples. I went with an ombre, blues all the way to a grey to give the water more depth. I then proceeded to add more to the piece by melting glass in between the ripples to give it more of an effect.
I am very proud of how this piece turned out. The last time I did a square piece it was just hideous, I hated it. Redeeming myself with a relief piece, I think I did better with this one because I was working with a bigger space making it easier to add in the designs I wanted.Overall I enjoyed making it and glad on how it turned out.
Art done by Shelby Johnson, Blog by same art maker.