I have been working away here in Texas pursuing my degree. It has been both a wonderful and stressful experience (I genuinely appreciate sleep now more than I have in the past). I'm very excited about some of the work that I have been creating. I've been using new materials and learning new processes including the computer program Rhinoceros 3D which has been quite the hurdle. My research has been focusing on the written letter and how they become extensions of the writer to be a substitute to the in person interaction. I have assigned numerical values for each letter of the alphabet and added up the values so that each word has it's own numerical value. From there, I input the data into Rhino to create a physical object representation of the letter. I then have them printed out on a 3D printer which is such a satisfying feeling to watch a digital file come into the world. I have been very excited about the potentials for this project and the many possible forms it can take. Here are some photos of what I have been working on, enjoy.
On July 26th I Will be taking a class with Stacy Lynn Smith where I will be learning how to apply powder printing techniques with Glass so I've started to construct new images in response to this class. My thought process for these where to dive into conceptual images using icons identify with. I have decided to use hands to create the sensation of touch, interaction and preciousness. Other images speak to specific instances that remain personal for me. Along with these images I have put together pieces from letters from my birth mother and my adoptive mother to create a dialogue between them as they have both had influences on my life. The following images are drawing said I've completed and anticipate to use next week.
On July 3rd I will be installing my last exhibition at the Chrysler Museum of Art Glass Studio as a studio assistant which is both saddening but also a wonderful sense of completion. Today I placed my molds in the kiln and am very excited to see how they come out! Here are some photographs of the process it took to get to the casting part
Will be posting some final photos after I install my work.
I will be in a show at Glass Wheel Studios here in Norfolk, Virginia from June 4th - July 11th be sure to come by. Below are some process shots and a photo of our poster.
I've come very fond of neon and am still in pursuit of reconstructing my memories. Here are some process shots of my current project.
I am an assistant at the Chrysler Museum of Art Glass Studio which is totally awesome! I'm working on a current project that involves creating a piece in response to something in the museums collection. I decided on a piece called "Reverse of Dead Swiss" by Christian Boltanski. It contains a similar quality of responding to memory and the presence of people and how we notice the absence of people.
So I have been sketching out plans for my this project and will be proposing it tomorrow.
I had a wonderful time at the senior show bra exhibition there were so many people which was super cool and people seemed really engaged with what I was doing. On my main page I have images of of my work under the profile "Morphogenetic Memory".
I have been working around the clock lately getting my show ready. I just finished and shows are tomorrow from 3-6. Here are some pictures of the process.
A few weeks ago we went down to the Chrysler museum at the glass studio and we did a performance on the Third Thursday. Melliferra is the Latin word for the honey bee and it translates into honey bearing. Our performance was about silent communication, movement, and shape. Focusing on how bees work together to create something strong yet ephemeral. We focused on the performance being our final piece so we didn't keep any of the glass.
Here is a link to the Vimeo video of our performance.
Lately I have been working with digital collaging and translating them on to fabric. I create the pieces digitally and then print them on to printable fabric. So I made this piece that combines digital and analogue forms of print. I made stamps and sewed the pieces together which has peoduced a very interesting dialogue.
So now based off of this concept I am working on rendering this and creating a series continuing my concept of memory and personal story.
These are just rough drafts but its in the direction I am moving in.
Just had my midterm review and so I thought that sharing the pieces I created would be interesting. I investigated more collage techniques with a variety of materials and concepts. Using found objects and photographs to create the essence I needed to convey to the viewer. There is much improvement to be done and more updates to come.
These are some pieces I showed for a review that I am very excited about. These pieces talk about my memories and the difference between collective memory and individual memory. What I remember personally and what people have told me that they remember.
Today I have been learning all about photo resist processes to get an image on to my glass pieces. Taking Sketchbook drawings and transforming them into sandblasted pieces.
Starting with the resist I applied it to the glass.
This is the final sandblasting image.
I'm taking a class with Denise Stillwaggon and I'm learning a lot about imagery with glass. Today was all about working with buttercut and doing stage blasting. This is a technique that works in stages to build a layered look with the different sand blastings. These where the two that I made today.
This was the first one that I had done which is a vertebrae on an 11" x 11" piece of glass.
This was the second one that I did and I feel like there is something unique about this process. It's very graphic and I like the unique kinds of textures and layers you get with sandblasting.
Words that I have been thinking about when I was making this piece include family, strength, internal, touch, and nature. I'm working on it but I think it's close.
These are a collection of my sketchbook collages that I have made recently. They reflect things that I am interested and feelings that I have.
These are sketches that I made of the human body. I'm interested in bones because they are the structure of all that we do. Our fingers are the struxture of our touch, ribs are the protectors of our lungs and heart.
General, Cervical, and Seventh Cervical Vertebra.
First and second cervical vertebra.
Structure of the rib cage.
I think that the bones are what is so interesting about the body. They last long after the rest of our body decomposes. There are bones of people who lived long ago and they're the physical remnants of their existence.