Combining the abstract perspective of art critic Clive Bell and the elements of design, this project aims to create a non-representational form. The non-representational form will be dynamic and asymmetrical, the form will be no larger than 24 inches.
The goal is for the viewer to be able to view the non-representational form with movement and interest. I am excited to start this project because it is very open ended. I’m able to design the form in a unique shape to convey movement and use texture to make the form contrasting. I believe components of this project will be challenging for me, such as using different materials and creating 3D forms. I have only used plaster once before and I have never used chicken wire. I am used to painting and drawing 2D more than creating sculptures.
Brain Flow- Yellow Pepper, Harmonica, bottle of ink, Magnet, Snow globe, Matchbox, Bow Tie, Wrench, Bunny, Multisided dice, Bone-saw, Ice Pick, Dinosaur, Octopus Tentacle, Squirt Gun, Sail Boat, Lego Man, Venus Fly Trap, Ladle, Donut, Sting Ray, Treasure Chest, Taffy, Swim Goggles, Unicorn Horn, Hot Air Balloon, Waffle Cone, Saturn (Planet), Mushroom, Beehive, Chameleon, Harp, Gravy Boat, Violin, Acorn, Saxophone, Ear of corn, Record player, Tree stump, Clothespin, Rocket ship, Cinnamon roll, Fire extinguisher, Lava lamp, Cuttlefish.
Idea One: For my first idea I combined an octopus tentacle, a beehive and a fire extinguisher. I really like the texture of the octopus tentacle and the layered part of the beehive. For the fire extinguisher, I changed the shape to a lightbulb figure.
Idea Two: For my second idea I combined an acorn top, a bell pepper and a dinosaur spine. In the combined piece I put the acorn top and bell pepper together but I offset them. I also wanted to make the inside of the acorn top hollow.
Idea Three: For my third idea I combined a magnet, half lego man and a gravy boat. For some reason I didn’t really like the combined product of this idea, it feels too compact.
Idea One: For my first maquette I combined my idea of an octopus tentacle and a cartoon beehive shape. I added the triangle shapes to create movement around the form. The cave is the conflict because it disrupts the expected pattern and it makes the viewer want to see what’s inside the cave. This form is the most dynamic because they’re different textures that create fluid movement.
Idea Two: For my second maquette I combined my idea of the bell pepper and acorn top. Unfortunately this maquette didn’t turn out as what I expected. The two forms were proven to be too similar in shape. Even though the stem draws the viewer around the form, there is not enough other patterns that move the viewers eye. The base is also sort of static, I should have put more clay under the form to create a diagonal
Idea Three: For my third maquette I combined the idea of a gravy boat with a half lego man. This form has a lot going on, such as various shapes put together and the pebble like pattern. However, this form is too condensed and busy to contain movement.
The biggest thing that I gained from making this was, the experience of working with unfamiliar material. I have never worked with chicken wire and burlap before. I think the most difficult part was bending and twisting the chicken wire into the form
that I decided to create (Idea One). I found the plaster easy to work with despite the time limit for it to dry. I feel like this project may be tricky because it’s easier to make the form large as opposed to it being small.