I chose to color the clay figure I made with blue slip and decorated the cells with pink and red. The video below is me creating the pink cells! I am really excited to dry out and fire this piece! Next is getting it in a cone 10 kiln and then assembling the crocheted yarn with it!
This week I assembled the figure's head and shoulders. I hallowed out the eyes, mouth, nose, and ears. All of these hallow areas will connect to my idea of the interior of the body. I will have the cell patter coming out of these areas. I will hallow this piece soon and then assemble the bumpy cell forms fading from the shoulders. After that I will focus on choosing bright colors for the cell pattern on the clay.
This week I started working in clay to begin the ceramic parts of my installations for this semester. I have sketches for what I want the pieces to look like. Each ceramic piece still needs to morph into cells. I will paint them in bright colors using slip. After I get some cells started in the ceramic, I will then create cell-like parts in crocheted yarn.
My work requires a lot of planning, research, and thought before jumping in. Because of my fatigue and limited energy, I rarely just start a piece without thinking through what I want it to look like. This helps me conserve as much energy as possible to create the piece and do more pieces in the long run.
This week I did a lot of research and image collection of the conceptual side of my work as well as the visual imagery that I want to use in this work. I am thinking about color that is found in hospitals, related to science, and the health related events I experienced. I am noticing the connection to computer technology and medical devices like IVs, heart monitors, and acupuncture. I am planning on using clear tubing, possibly electrical wire, and bright colors. I also have been researching the imagery I will want to print on fabric in printmaking. I will be taking an image of tissue from a person who has EDS, which is shown in the last photos. I will take this photo and incorporate the printed fabric pattern into the piece.
The next step in my plan is to decide what I want it to look like and start creating the ceramic piece.