This week I finished the details of the larger figure, which I now will make alterations. I will be cutting it into parts and pinching the edges to create a more rough look. This will also make room to view the spine through the cracks in the figure. I also started building the spine this week. The spine is built out of porcelain, and I would like to find a stone to lightly press some texture into the clay.
I also was able to visit some local art museums, where I collected some inspiration photos! I went to the Carnegie Center for Art & History in New Albany, IN and the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, KY.
Local Museum Resources:
This week I have been focusing on the figure, capturing it fairly realistically, and choose the type of clay I will use. For the body of the sculpture, I've been deciding between adding granite or sawdust to the clay to add a rough, interesting texture. The surface of skin will relate to the emotional, psychological issues I am discussing about pain. Combining this with an interesting glaze can support the chronic pain story I am telling though the work that words cannot express. For example, crawl glaze, crackle, or crater glaze. These are shown below:
This week I created a small figure for practice, as well as a canvas to test some of these glaze ideas on a shapely, upright surface. This figure is around 6 inches tall. I also have created a bunch of test tiles for the glaze testing. The real piece I've decided should be closer to life-size. This will help create a one-on-one relationship with the viewer, I'm hoping to be more relatable.
Viewer Response Project Prompt:
Connecting with your audience can be an important piece in art that drives home your concept. It can push your artwork to cause others to feel how you feel.
Your task is to create an element in your art that causes the viewer to physically or emotionally react to your work. This could be expressed through textural, positional, material, colorful elements, or several other variations. You could think about how a sense of time could affect the human experience. You could think about how to use the space to force the viewer to feel and see your piece differently.
What is feeling? A sensation or experience within a person given by an object, event, other being, or circumstance. It could be emotional, mental, or physical. Consider this and how they are all interlocking in the human experience when you are creating your work.
How can you transform your piece to push your viewers to feel something? What do you want them to feel?
How can the visual elements you make connect to those different emotions? How can a viewer response enhance your artistic narrative?
Sketch for Project:
This project will be displayed hanging rather than on a pedestal to create tension. Using glaze and clay texture for a visceral response that expresses pain in the body. Additional materials of wire and thread will be added after firing to further express pain and materiality.
I was accepted into the Indiana University Southeast Post-Baccalaureate program! I will be posting my progress on this blog as I make my way through the year. I am excited to see what I create and to discover new things through my dolls. Stay tuned for updates :)
Mind-and-body numbingly inescapable
You strike me from within
The pain spreads like a wildfire
Bleeding into the cracks
You slither and seep down deep between my bones
You pin me down, sucking the life out of me slowly
I am suffocated, perforated
I am fighting to stay alive
I go dizzy and numb
You tear me to shreds
Fragmented on the floor, I am trying to pick up the pieces
Trying to mend myself back together
Or at least what I thought I knew I was
I have no choice but to surrender to your demands
I recently have had a huge spike in my chronic pain. I have changed environments back to my parents' home for the holidays--which I'm very excited about, however, switching environments is very hard on my pain. There are many different aspects that goes into a changing an environment. There’s a change in diet, sleeping schedule and switching beds, changing from living alone to living with three other people. The cold, frigid weather can be hard as well. The list goes on. And, it all adds up a lot and can cause my pain to spike during my adjustment period. Besides spiking my pain, my anxiety and depression also climbs higher. I’m placed farther away from my friends and visiting them becomes much harder. It cannot be just a stop by and say hi kind of get together; it becomes a full day+ trip—which is often very hard for me to do.
I think a lot of people may not experience this difficulty. Or if they do, we don’t talk about it. But I think it’s important. Your chronically ill friends may need more help than you are aware of—this is just one of the difficulties that comes it. Please, check up on your chronically ill friends during this time of year! I know even just some support and help can make a world of a difference.