For the second project we were asked to create a place/sanctuary/box/etc. for 12 specific twigs that we picked out, using only paper and one binding agent of our choice.
I started with this strange collage on my parti that represented how I wanted a lack of anything organic, I wanted this industrial, man-made look to be created somehow...
So, I had this concept/idea of the twigs making something on their own, in other words the twigs would be the main structure, not the materials. I wanted the twigs to become something other than twigs. I wanted to use their natural shape to create some "unnatural" forms. I divided my 12 twigs into four groups of three wired together, and arranged them in a gradual sequence. The smallest group has the most slender and dainty twigs and the wire is relatively close to the bottom, they all move up from this. I arranged them in order to create certain intentional gestures, I bound them together several times before I was satisfied with each shape. This project was challenging but I ended up really enjoying it. Final:
After the final critique I realized how much I like these forms that I made but I didn't feel completely satisfied. So I decided to stick with my plan and I came up with a humorous solution to do what I wanted without being too much more "illegal"; I painted them with liquid paper instead of paint! The liquid paper is stark white and it gives them the exact effect that I wanted. Here is a the smallest of the four painted:
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
My best twig drawing was done in the studio on September 14. I spent about 20 minutes on it. The bright overhead lighting created these harsh shadows.
Posted by Tricia Collins at 8:21 PM
Friday, September 10, 2010
For project one we were asked to create a "place" for a leaf using a 12.5 x 12.5 piece of white paper only. Upon reading the project sheet over a few times I felt both cocky and confused. Paper seemed like an easy enough material to use, and I had a lot of ideas to start with. I quickly found out how frustrated I could come with simple white paper though. I abandoned several prospects before I decided on the twisted strips composition. I got inspired by the organic shapes of the leaf itself and I wanted to manipulate the paper in some way other than simple folding and cutting.
Posted by Tricia Collins at 5:17 PM