For installation i wanted to look into the idea of an object taking up a vast amount of space. I wanted to display the ballon replicas in a way that embraced their growth/ bacteria like characteritic. Therefore i began to look into things and organisms that took over a fast amount of space. I wanted to portray the balloons as objects that were overpowered the space, and spread like a bacteria over the wall, therefore i began to look into the structures of damp and mould.
i used these images for my inspiration
Final outcome- After a long tiring two days i finally finished surprisingly they are quite durable despite the weight of them. At this point i noticed that the heat i had used and also the weight of each had stretched the background material meaning they were now uneven and uncentered.
Despite that i feel that the materials conjoin and compliment each other well however due to them being uneven and un central i will need to reconsider my way of presenting them when i get to installing in space gallery.
After perfecting each strip of latex by cutting out all the excess, i cut my material into 3 equal squares however i would later learn that due to stretching they would not remain equal.
I then began to create my sculpture onto my sheets of material in all honesty i didn’t really have a design in my head i wanted to work with the natural flexibility of the material,i wanted it to lead and i work around it. I used a hot glue gun to stick the latex i did consider using staples however i felt that it wasn’t weightless enough and i didn’t want to add any more weight than i needed to.
I began my making process by using two types of material, one was a white pillow case cut into strips and another was a more dense material that was a sort of light brown colour, i intended to use two different types of material so that i could use highlight and shadow in my piece.
once i cut all the strips out of both materials i applied about 25 thin layers of latex to each, however i soon realised that it seemed to cling better to the white pillow case material, this was a little annoying as making these strips were more time consuming than you would think, i also tried to vary the size so that when it came to putting it all together i would have some variation to work with.
After creating these for a week and a half i decided to trim and neaten them all then ditch all the ones i didn’t want, in future i will do a test run when using different materials to see which one i would prefer before fully committing to it and wasting time.
Oreet Ashrey is an artist who’s work engages with political views, Ashrey merges politics and the eccentric to create not only majestic but important art. Ashrey is interested in expanding the notions of art therefore Ashery works with not only basic performance art such as music and costume but also education, distribution, research and also activism.
The piece “The World is Flooding” is a performance piece that related to the victimization of immigrants. I think the piece displays and raises issues such as colonialism and relates to the death of of immigrants when trying to cross the border to give their families a happier, healthier life due to their homes being destroyed due to no fault of their own.
My sculpture is based on skin however I incorporate the idea of human condition and the way in which the human body functions. Skin itself contains the human body and is an organ that paradoxically displays the highest level of vulnerability. My initial idea began with looking at the aesthetic beauty of skin through the use of the material snake skin. I began to make prints that displayed an equilibrium of beauty and fragility.
I began to look at the fleshy elements of skin such as skin tags, sagging skin, warts and sun spots that naturally occur in the process of aging. The research from this contrasted the vulnerability of skin in regards to skin being the first tell tale sign of aging. I began to think of the strength of the human body. I decided that I would like my sculpture to display elements of human nature such as the digestive system, childbirth and the grotesque fleshy nature of sexual intercourse.
I became inspired by Simon Bedwells sculpture structure. I enjoyed the delicate design in contrast to the harsh material. I also admired the depiction of the material clay stripped back to its natural state. The sculptures display and element of deflation and display a strong depiction of clay being derived from living matter which is a element that I have attempted to display in my final piece.
The ambiguous component of my piece links to human life itself and the complicated nature of living whilst noting an honest and pure depiction of the human anatomy structure. The limb like appearance combined with the over lapping of each section notes not only the similarities between beauty and horror but also the similarity to each individual human body/ being. Subsequently; the link between human body and experience obsessively conjoin to display an element of “Vibrant matter” in regards to the idea that the piece displays an element of life whilst the lived in nature of tights aids the representation of the decaying nature of life itself.
The sculpture itself displays the idea of rhythm in chaos. The piece itself is big and confrontational and links to the idea of nakedness which corresponds with a possible purity about the piece. The neutral tones of the piece are used to not only display an element of realism but also to link to the neutral aspect of benign tumours. The mass like aesthetic allows room for conceptual interpretation, resulting in a contrast of pessimist and optimistic views.
Overall I am please with the final outcome, I think that the nature of concealment is driven by society to conduct low esteems that result in negative views on natural life aspects. An example of this is porn being used to mask the crude nature of sex. I attempted to illustrate the beauty of our bodily functions in the sculpture by emphasising the element of afterthought. I attempted this through simplicity of material and ambiguous and vague design. I am happy with the piece and feel that it radiates an element of beauty whilst challenging viewers embedded pessimist views that have been branded with via society. However, I do feel that I could have made my sculpture bigger and possibly added an element of interaction to include the viewer more into my piece.