An envelope is an envelope is an envelope. You can call it whatever you'd like, whether that be mail or art, but from an objective standpoint it is what it is. I will look at it through my eyes, and you through yours; we'll be looking at the same thing but seeing it differently. It will be a never-ending struggle to understand one another. I can't make something out of nothing. Will you see an envelope when I place it before you, or something more? No matter how much I push and shove, this tower will never topple. I will keep building up, higher and higher until I kiss the sky, but can I ever escape the confinements of this stationery?
Nothing is new; everything is recycled from something else. Does that make my ideas less valuable than those before me? Can you find value in an envelope that is not an envelope? I hope that my ideas can extend outside of this paper and touch your mind. Then this stationery will not just be stationary, but alive and breathing. You will see beyond paper and into something more.
I'm so proud of how this piece turned out. I was able to experiment with a lot of different things, like how to keep the envelopes up and how to make the stack appear bigger. When I look at it, I just feel happy. It was very cathartic, and I couldn't be more proud of the end result.
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Saturday, December 4, 2010
This is the first cardboard sculpture of the year, which we did some time ago. I had a total of two hours between the beginning of this project and the end; it is completed in only hot glue and cardboard. As a first attempt under time constraints, I'm very proud of this project. I really like how I decided to keep the inside of the pepper white, and the outside brown. The texture I was able to achieve on the inside with hot glue is also very successful. I wanted it to look shiny, and I think the hot glue really helped with that. Attaching the stem of the pepper was perhaps the hardest part, but everything worked out in the end. I was able to learn a lot about my medium through this project, and how cardboard bends (and doesn't bend). It really helped me create my cochlea later on! This was a fun, if not stressful project!
Friday, December 3, 2010
For this assignment we had to incorporate images of our body part sculpture into a digital collage. Since the cochlea is a part of the ear, I thought listening was a fitting theme for my collage. My sculpture has an impersonal, science fair sort of feel, so I wanted to pair that with a human element it had been lacking. I used personal photos of friends and family, all in black and white. I wanted to contrast the foreground and the background, and I found this to be the most effective way of doing it. This piece turned out to be very personal for me, and I'm pleased with the results.