Wednesday, May 7, 2008

sculptural forms final

more pvc pipes. more dowels. more quality time spent in the wood shop. it was pretty crazy.

ken shared this quote with me during the critique today. (it's from a book titled "the hand: how it shapes the brain, language, and human culture" by frank r. wilson.) he said it reminded him of my work:

"when personal desire prompts anyone to learn to do something well with the hands, an extremely complicated process is initiated that endows the work with a powerful emotional charge. people are changed, significantly and irreversibly it seems, when movement, thought, and feeling fuse during the active, long-term pursuit of personal goals."

i like that. and it's kind of crazy how clear the idea of connecting came into play during the process. i was constantly lining things up, drilling the holes, then taking them apart, putting them back together, plugging in the dowel, and then doing it all over again and adding another piece. especially with the large turquoise piece, plans changed.

it really started though with just genuinely getting turned on by the color. when i saw them at lowes, it was as close to love at first sight as one can get. unfortunately that was back in auburn hills and i figured that it wouldn't quite work to bring a 12 foot long pipe on the plane back to baltimore. so i kept them in the back of my head. when the opportunity came up to revisit an idea from a previous sculpture done in class for the final project, i knew immediately i would go back to pvc. i only had to convince my neighbor to take me to the lowes in timonium. i purchased three of the turquoise pipes and told myself that i would figure out later what to do with them. so their development was a much more organic process than the other sculpture (which ended up being very similar to the first pvc piece, only free standing and bigger in scale.) once i started playing around with them and connecting them, it was totally like connecting in real life. sometimes a connection is obvious and super easy to make, other times it's a stretch or the thing holding them together comes out. (i'm realizing as i write this that it might not make sense to anyone else but myself... oh well.) it's a perpetual give and take. and in the end you just have to get in there and make it work. just one of the many lessons learned in good ol' sculptural forms.

three down, two to go.

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