I started reading this book of stories by disabled people collected and edited by Alice Wong! I have been listening to the audiobook! It brings up so many "new," contemporary views on disability and what accommodation means to many different types of people. I am already about half way through and it has gotten me to think about what access means to me and the issues that are in place in the world as we know it.
For chronically ill people in particular, this can sometimes look like the discrimination or blatant disregard for chronic illness and pain. Women often aren't believed, and people of color believed even less.
Amazing read/listen. I highly recommend!
Project and Website by Alice Wong:
This week was mostly glazing and finishing the last parts to my two life-size figures. I pushed a bit too much for my work to be finished by putting a very wet head into a bisque, and it didn't make it. This is my first time working on this size and also so close to the deadline. I definitely learned clays limits.
This week in the studio I did some tests of how clay would respond when placed in water. I knew it disintegrated into fine particles, often made into slip, but I wanted to see if I could partially disintegrate a body part, possibly to then fire it with this texture from the water. I also was wanting to video record this process because nothing speaks to the breaking down of the body from pain than literally this process. I think recording it with a figure could be very poetic and beautiful, and hopefully a good art piece. I will be recording this
This week I've been continuing my creation of body parts for my final projects of the semester. I have one full figure finished, and am about half way through my second figure. After I bisque these I will be applying the crater glaze from my tests. This week I also glazed my torso figures with the crater glaze and will be putting them in the cone 10 gas kiln soon.
This week I started creating the plaster molds of the body parts for the dolls. I have made most of them and will start pressing clay slabs in them to make the ceramic parts.
I also fired a cone 10 gas kiln last week for some tests. They are shown below:
This week I finished up creating the life size limbs for my Cognitive Surplus Project and I started creating them into plaster press molds. I will be assembling them like past dolls with a fabric stuffed body. I am going to work on getting found objects to put with the dolls like a found chair, maybe scissors, too.
I started creating life size limbs to make molds of for this project. They will have joints that can move. This way I can continually reproduce limbs and create more figures. I can work out more ideas for how to pose and how they will exist space. Below are pictures of the sculpted limbs I started this week as well as sketches of how I think I want to pose them.
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.
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