Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Mahaly Grant, Student Work

Challenge: Newspaper
I bought a newspaper then created a book that documented my entire day. The first page is a written account; the second is my absent-mindedness during the day; third is my anxiety and compulsive skin picking; fourth is the grease from my food; fifth was my perfume; sixth was my cigarettes during the day; and the seventh is my lotion. I had a great time making this piece, as it made me very aware of my actions during the day. It helped me realize my habits and actions I go through every day, and especially highlighted my patterns. -Mahaly Grant, Fall 2013

Mahaly Grant, Student Work

For the Drawing on Objects assignment, I decided to paint images of vintage crime scene photographs onto objects which are present in the scenes. I had a very good time making each painting appear on the object as if it already existed on the surface. I mixed paint colors and matched them to blend perfectly with each piece. For the original Drawing on Objects assignment, I painted on the coin purse, the teacup and saucer, the book, and the salt and pepper shakers. For the final, I painted on the table and placed three scenes on a music box. I set the table in front of a window in the library, putting a lamp on top of it to illuminate the scene. For this assignment, I wanted to make viewers search for the images on each object. Although it’s apparent on several, the images themselves are not clear upon first glance. I wanted to make people investigate every object on the table, each image giving them a piece of the puzzle but not providing the whole story. Although I initially wanted to include the stories behind each crime scene somewhere on the object, I’m very happy I decided against it as I feel it would have taken away from the mysterious atmosphere of the piece. In the end, I wanted to base my work upon human curiosity and the desire for conclusions. The objects give absolutely no solutions to the scenes they present, and the concealed nature of each piece causes people to look closer and inspect them all individually.  -Mahaly Grant, Fall 2013

Katherine Lombardi, Student Work

Assignment: Drawing on Objects

Kiersten Post, Student Work

Assignment: Drawing on Objects
For this project I began with the idea of intellectual illumination. I wanted my piece to inspire or educate. The lightbulb has always been a symbol for an idea. I decided to add a social component to my project and educate the viewer about social or environmental causes. I wrote the fact on the lightbulb first and then covered it with gesso until the words could not be seen. When the light is turned on the words appear through the gesso. The point of having the viewer turn on the light is that a person has to be willing to learn the truth even though it may not be easy to hear. -Kiersten Post, Fall 2013

Kevin Mahoney, Student Work

Challenge: Water

Water When You’re Thirsty
To make this work I took selfies over the course of a few days and then took those selfies to a bar and handed them out face down as coasters. When the evening was over I collected the photographs and displayed the resulting distortion of the photographs. -Kevin Mahoney, Fall 2013

Video Assignment, Student Work

Video Assignment: Drawing Confessions, Drawing on Landscape and Drawing in Space

This 3 part video explores a dream inspired compulsion with a reinterpretation of the word “Leave”. For the narration I used the first three definitions of “Leave” as taken from Google. It also explores the assignments: “Drawing in Space”, “Drawing Confessions”, and “Drawing in the Landscape”. -Kevin Mahoney, Fall 2013

Video Assignment: Drawing on Landscape
Every move we make leaves a mark on our surrounding landscape. For Drawing on Landscape I used this as a basis for a video. I used a GPS program to track a walk through the environment. I then output the line in a video that appears as the sound of the environment and my walking plays in the background. This allows people to visualize their own environment and realize that every action they take has an affect on their environment. -Spencer Finnell, Fall 2013

Video Assignment: Drawing in Space
This video was inspired by a walk I went on around Sunset Rock, which is what the nature clips are from. Then it became very layered. On the surface it visually shows these memories I reflected on and the walking throughout the video serves to reflect this mere crossing of paths. Beneath that surface, however, it serves to speak to the nature of each individual. It draws the connection of our human nature. None of the clips show a person interacting with another so the clips themselves are more about the particular individual in them. For some who watch this video, it elicits emotions of nostalgia or happiness, a connection with those in the video, for others, a bit of uneasiness when the laughter of each person is empty and silenced by static. Both hold importance in the video as these memories do elicit the same positive emotions out of myself, but these are also all people that were in the midst of emotional struggles. The laughing and silliness also became a way to cope as it does with many people, thus the connection to nature; this is the way we deal in a life that just keeps moving forward. -Danielle Irwin
Link here to watch video on You Tube.

Pernilla Stellgren, Student Work

This assignment made it possible for me to really explore with different materials, scales, and mediums. My initial thought of bodymarks was that is was very personal, meaning portrayal of Identity. I decided to both create ink marks of a bodypart of mine and then use text in the same display to spell out that bodypart in Swedish; hence, an emphasis on Identity, myself being Swedish. For three of the eight pieces I chose to play with time and clay by working clay in my hands for a span of different seconds per piece and then I put them on little pedestals. -Pernilla Stellgren, Fall 2013

Spencer Finnell, Student Work

Challenge: Transparent
For this assignment I focused on making things that rely on being transparent to function opaque. By covering the transparent aspects of the objects I render them useless.

Challenge: Holes
Experimentation with creating holes.

Challenge: Powder
Index cards laid out with glue and various food-based powder blown and sprinkled on top.

Challenge: Wax
Candle wax mainly. Experimenting with shapes and transparency caused by wax.

Aly Schaper, Student Work

Final Project: Medicine/Experiment Cabinet
General Materials: various different bottles/containers, various pills, candy, flowers, various found objects, various liquids, wood, paint, and ink.

Shadow Drawing, Student Work

Aly Schaper

The object that I used for my shadow drawing was a sculpture that I had made myself that worked with shadow and light, so I thought it was only appropriate to use it for a "shadow" drawing. I tried to use several different light sources to create a variety of shadows and I used three different types of sharpies to create the line variation of these shadows. The darkest shadows got the thickest sharpie, medium for medium, thin for lightest. I chose to represent shadow with lines as an aesthetic choice. I also used tape transfers, tape, and string in the final shadow drawing to create movement in the piece.  -Aly Schaper, Fall 2013

Danielle Irwin

This drawing, framed to mimic a Polaroid photograph, shows captured moments of people I care about most. Layered, these images reflect a whole experience. I chose charcoal as the medium, as it is a tool that lends itself to being very gestural, therefore best reflects these quick passing moments in life. -Danielle Irwin, Fall 2013

Mahaly Grant

I wanted to use a space that I interact with on a daily basis. I initially wanted to use a space inside my apartment, but the light was not nearly as drastic as it was on my outdoor porch. Instead of setting up a scene, I simply put the paper down underneath objects which were already outside. For the first 4-5 tracings, I tried to use the natural lighting. However, this proved difficult as the light changed far too quickly and I wasn’t able to keep up with the shadows. Once night fell, I decided to use artificial lighting in order to maintain greater control. Toward the end of the piece, I found it increasingly difficult to keep the shadows coherent and the overlap to a minimum. However, I think the final outcome is fantastic and I’m very proud of it. I think I was able to present the objects on my porch simply by shadows projected by myself and sunlight. -Mahaly Grant, Fall 2013

Catalina Arboleda, Student Work

Challenge: Body Marks
Impression using my teeth on molding clay.

Challenge: Water
Marks made by ice cubes melting on tissue paper.

Challenge: Water
I boiled water and used the steam to make marks on newsprint paper. 

Challenge: Transparency

Challenge: Maps, Charts and Diagrams
A tree branch from which Colombian pesos grow out of. 

Tanis Montgomery, Student Work

Challenge: Newspaper
Instead of using newspaper as a ground or as a collage medium, which I thought would be the fairly obvious choice, I decided instead to use it as a sculptural material.  I tore newspaper into small pieces, added water, and used a blender to create a pulp and then compressed the pulp into small three-dimensional shapes.  This exercise was mostly an experiment with the material.  I found that it was very difficult to create forms with flat sides or with any amount of detail, as well as thin or flat objects. -Tanis Montgomery, Fall 2013

Tanis Montgomery, Student Work

Challenge: Thread