This semester in Art we are heading into a sculpture unit, specifically chair sculptures. This project is really open to anything and we can choose our very own theme for the chair. However, one condition to creating our chair sculpture is to be able to see the chair in every angle. This unit aims towards creating 3D sculptures on the chair instead of keeping it “flat” in other words decorated.
In order to pick our top 3 themes, we had to go through a process. The first step was to brainstorm as many themes possible and they could completely be random. After doing a couple group activities we were required to select our top 3 themes. My top 3 themes are candles, under the sea, and inside my mind. The reason why I chose candles, under the sea, and inside my mind as my top three themes is because they are unlimited. What I mean by that is these themes allow me to think outside the box. I can play with the textures, colours, shapes, and sizes. I believe these themes could be really unique and interesting once applied to the chairs.
So far I would say my favourite theme would be "inside my mind" because I feel like there is the most amount of imaginary parts I could apply to my sculpture. I feel I can go over and beyond with that theme and play with a bunch of colours, textures, patterns, and objects. I also think I could demonstrate the mind of a person in multiple different ways which could also be interesting.
I believe the most challenging part of this unit to me would be actually figuring out how to create my design using multiple sculpting techniques. And based on my favourite design it would be especially hard to create the sculpture, due to its complexity.
Below is the Design Process:
This is an example of an additive sculpture because this artist added multiple candy hearts to create a sculpture of a human heart.
This is an example of a subtractive sculpture because this sculpture use to be a piece of wood but then the wood was carved into this sculpture.
This is an example of a kinetic sculpture because it moves due to the wind. This sculpture was purposely created to move because it was put outside to receive the wind.
Here are Some Words Related to Sculpture:
The Basic Elements of Sculptures
In art, we watched a video about the basic elements of sculptures and we were assigned to select pictures and add notes explaining which element this sculpture included.
So far I am really proud of finding an easier and simple technique to create these strands of hair because I have been able to make a couple really efficiently.
I've really improved making the frames of the flat strands of hair because I really struggled at the beginning. The wires were really thick and didn't bend easily, so when I hot glued two wires they would unstick. When this happened I decided to create the frame by wrapping the wires with masking tape. However, it took a really long time. Now, I decided to create the frames using a thinner wire which didn't unstick when it was hot glued.
I've surprised myself by how easy it was to create the thick strands of hair. I decided to start creating the thick strand of hair by using a wire to make the shape and scrunching foil around it. Afterwards, I would wrap it in newspaper which made it thicker. This process was super easy and fast. Then I would just plaster the thick strand of hair to the chair. To this day, I still use this method to create the thick strands of hair.
The Chair In The Beginning
The Chair Now
Part 1 of 30 Hands:
Part 2 of 30 Hands:
Here is my Evaluation Poster:
What was your theme, explain your chair what is the audience looking at?
Originally the theme of the chair was supposed to be “inside my mind and creativity”. However, as I was constructing the chair the theme transitioned towards “identity, imagination/creativity, and dreams”. The blank face on the chair, is supposed to represent a person with no identity. The person’s creativity and imagination are portrayed throughout the movement of the strands of hair. The dream catcher in the center of the sculpture was supposed to express the importance of the person's dreams.
How did you apply the 4 strongest elements?
The 4 strongest elements are space, textures, lines, and colours. I used my space well because I wanted to show the movement of the sculpture and guide the audience's eyes. Since I used raw materials, there were a lot of textures such as rough, smooth, bumpy, etc. I also used lines, to highlight the sharp edges. The sharp edges also played a key role in guiding the audience's eyes throughout the chair. Like I mentioned, I used raw materials which followed a nice color scheme which was easy and pleasing to the eyes.
What did you learn from the design cycle ( look at the sheet on Moodle or screenshot on your blog)?
I learned that the design cycle was one of the most crucial parts in creating the sculpture. The more organised and planned the sculpture was, the easier it was to create it. It is really important to follow the steps of the design cycle because if not, it might not turn out the way it was planned. When it comes to researching, it is essential to find the majority of the techniques to create the sculpture; it would save a lot of time and make it easier to construct it.
What would you have done differently?
Honestly, I would have followed the design cycle more precisely and have a more organized plan. I think the reason why I wasted so much time was because I did not know what techniques to use and how to create my sculptures. I would have also wanted to create a more detailed sketch of my sculpture because I had to figure out what to do along the way, instead of following a specific drawing.
What did you think of this unit and how did you develop as an artist?
I thought this unit was extremely fun because I was able to use my creativity and expand on my sculpture abilities. By creating this sculpture, I now have the ability to create wireframes, use plaster, and make take sculptures. As an artist, I have learned that organization is pivotal and essential in creating sculptures. The more specific and polished the plan is, the easier it is to construct the sculpture. Overall, I thought this project was a great opportunity to learn for my future sculptures.