- Critique discussion questions:
1) What are the distinctive unifying formal qualities? Texture (The crinkly foil, the ribbon tail and mane, fluffy wings, plastic torso) there are so many different textures, you just want to touch the entire sculpture.
2)How does the materiality of the subject relate to the literal form? The opening of the torso so that you can pour out the “Gold nuggets” (Rolled up pieces of gold foil) and the notes with the bad thoughts in them. The gold serving both as an Armour and as a symbolic source of”Light”
3)How does the combination of these two qualities create meaning? Do the materials chosen convey a particular function or sensibility? Complexity or form vs. complexity of meaning. The form is so complex and has so many parts and so many different types of materials. the symbolism of the mythical creatures as comfort, to slowly get over what you believe.
- What did you learn? what was the point of project?
How to make a sculpture from scratch! I never thought i would actually be able to make a sculpture, which was why i chose this project over the graphic design. The point of the project in my opinion was for us to actually make something that we imagined. Since the animal was something that we had mentally created and thought up, we then had to use regular and “out of the box” materials to create that. It was visual thinking at it’s best, we visualized something and had to think about how to make our vision a reality.
- What did you like about the project you didn’t do? How does it connect to your project?
It was simple presentation for a complex theme. The students had to restrict their large ideas to a small canvas. It was very important to think of how to control your ideas to ensure they are physically possible. Which we had to think about in every project, how to turn our ideas and mental concepts into a tangible physical presentation that did that idea justice.
- Choose two that you thought were successful and why?
For the graphics projects, this was my favorite. The project does its words of “Exquisite” and “Flawed” justice. To be able to contain an idea in a picture so perfectly is almost impossible. When i saw it from afar as we were mounting I absolutely fell in love with it and knew that the words might have something to do with jagged and intricate. It was able to convey its message from afar and I loved that aspect.
This was a sculpture i was able to see made from scratch and i loved the fact that all of the materials that make up the skeleton are natural. The wings are fall leaves and the body is pine cones. Along with the physical sense of the animal being so unique the message also fell in so well with the purpose of the animal. The animal was supposed to filter air as it flies through it. The wings portray that so well and the fuzzy body of the pine cone looked so much like an air filter.
- How would you modify with an extra week?
I would make the wings more stable, or with a heavier wire so that it wouldn’t bend so easily. I would also make some sort of latch for the opening part of the torso so that I could close and fasten that functional part of the sculpture..