This interdisciplinary fine arts course results in the development of a body of work around contemporary art topics. Research, concept development and studio practice will combine to broaden your skills and ideas. Stimulating assignments together with experimentation promote analysis and understanding of contemporary art ideas, world cultures and historical periods, and other areas of visual information. Studio production and the communication of concepts visually, verbally and in written form will be combined in this thought-provoking course
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Monday, November 28, 2011
I have been working the past weeks on getting some photo's taken of the work I have done for class. So I wanted to post some of them this week and talk about each piece individually. As a collection the work has over all feelings about things in our lives that overwhelm, but individually the work has specific meanings.
An Elizabethan collar or space collar (many people call it a cone) is a protective medical device worn by an animal, usually a cat or dog. Shaped like a truncated cone, its purpose is to prevent the animal from biting or licking at its body or scratching at its head or neck while wounds or injuries heal.
The device is generally attached to the pet's usual collar with strings or tabs passed through holes punched in the sides of the plastic. The neck of the collar should be short enough to let the animal eat and drink. Although most pets adjust to them quite well, others won't eat or drink with the collar in place and the collar is temporarily removed for meals.
While purpose-made collars can be purchased from veterinarians or pet stores, they can also be made from plastic and cardboard or by using plastic flowerpots, wastebaskets, buckets or lampshades. Modern collars might involve soft fabric trim along the edges to increase comfort and velcro surfaces for ease of attachment removal.
Monday, November 21, 2011
Sunday, November 20, 2011
During this class I have developed a project that will slowly develop into my senior thesis exhibition. My idea involves taking my father, who is a "collector"/hoarder and using the objects he collects to create a show. At my family home we have a three car garage, green house, and basement which are completely filled with objects my father collects. I have been unable to narrow it down beyond this generalization and know I will be creating a small scale version of this for the final project in this class. The image above is shelving in my house that house a few of the objects my father has collected and given to me over the years. There is a stipulation that everything loaned to me must be returned when I move/die/etc.
Monday, November 14, 2011
This is a piece that I have been working that past few weeks in my painting class. I think I am almost finished with it, I think. the entire point of this painting is to break away from my comfort zone with paint, to stretch my thinking and abilities, and to loosen the heck up. I normally work very tight and smooth and this is helping break colors up for me and paint faster in my regular technique as well as learn a new technique. I just wanted to see what you all thought. This piece is more about style and technique than subject matter.
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
This piece is about being engulfed or overwhelmed by something. Sometimes things in our lives take a hold of us, or surround us so much that we lose ourselves. There has been some debate on the formal elements of this piece, that there is possibly too much of it, but it turned out exactly as I envisioned it. I am obsessed with obsessions. And sometimes our obsessions cover up who we are. Whether it’s the house being clean, or making sure you always have a plan, or never having a plan. At times these things can add to who we are and be a part of our personality. But there are times when we become “overwhelmed” and lose the balance of our personality, obsession, identity or whatever form you want to put it into. More or less this piece is a reflection of my own feelings of being overwhelmed and trying to find the balance in the form. The piece is made form the folded pages of an entire dictionary.
The idea for the altered book that I am working on stems from my curiosity of how and why we remember things as we do, as a great deal of my work is somewhat memory related. I have started with the 5 senses and how they work, and will continue on how the information they perceive travels to the brain and how it is stored, and retrieved. I wanted to explore this in a book because it is partially an informative piece so it seemed appropriate. So far I have used only pen, but will work with image and text transfers as well as watercolor.
Monday, November 7, 2011
Symbols and icons are a language all on their own. Although each individual viewer can interpret them based on their own experience, the overall narrative of the symbol is the same. I have created individual allegories worn on the body. These totems, enhanced by textures and rhythms, possess energy that ceremonialize life and natural beauty: each composition is a distinct and tangible poem. When worn, the jewelry allows the individual to make an independent statement without physically saying anything at all.
Friday, November 4, 2011
My point I am trying to make is that a story that our grandparents told our parents who told us is a pretty powerful thing in our human existence. It has the power of connecting us all, and it is a story we will keep telling generations to come. Which to me makes this idea iconic to me.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
To me an icon is something that represents something significant and important. When I began thinking about art and icons, Janis Mars Wunderlich came to my mind. She is a local ceramic sculpture artist and I believe all of her work are icons representing different moments and thoughts in her life as a mother. This particular piece is about the time in her life when she was thinking/dreaming about what her future children may be like-their personalities, what they would look like, how many she may have, etc. Her work is fascinating to me. I love how it is very personal to her, but really represents how most mothers feel. I find my work slowly starting to become about memory and place, and I feel like I use pieces of specific places or landscapes in my art in a somewhat iconic way.