Movement in Arches
This piece was inspired by the Raqqa II by Frank Philip Stella. I took the arches from the painting and made it 3D by having them connect in many ways with colors that resemble the painting.
This goes with my concentration because the vibrant colors connect it, and the arch-like movement resembles ropes moving through the air.
This piece was inspired by the logo for my team. The YMCA puts >>> in front of a lot of the names for their different organizations. Duct tape is a big part of my jump rope experience as people use it to mark ropes. These different tapes are what I've used throughout the years to mark my ropes, and tape that I've given to kids as a counselor to show that they've been doing a good job at camps.
This goes with my concentration because it's very geometric like the previous piece, has a color scheme that is vibrant and intense, and is made from something I used in jump rope.
Patience (name subject to change)
For my abstract piece I wanted to make some type of pattern out of jump rope beads, and to guarantee it would be abstract the only part I planned out was the black pattern. Everything else was entirely random, which was hard for me because sometimes I wanted to try to plan it out.
This goes with my concentration because it again has a geometric shape, vibrant colors, and is made up of something that I actually used in jump rope.
This piece is my cardboard piece from over summer and I got influence for it from pinterest. I saw lots of DIY animal decorations that looked really cute, and I figured I could do something cool with an animal out of cardboard. I was looking around my house for any spare cardboard we had, and when I saw the toilet paper tubes I thought about making an elephant. I really like the way it turned out with all of the different layers, and I think it gives some nice variety to my portfolio.
Sock Puppet Eel
This piece is my object to art, and I decided to use a lava lamp as my object. I wanted to make something around the lava lamp that would actually glow in real life, and my first thought was to do a jellyfish. the lava lamp I have at home is a green/yellow color, so I thought I would do an electric eel instead of a jellyfish. The end result turned out looking a little bit more like a sock puppet than an eel, but I still really enjoy the piece. This eel was meant to look like a garden eel, but with brighter colors instead of the typical gravel colors.
Pit Fire Perspectives
This piece was meant to look different on every side because I glued and wrapped different items on each side of the pyramid-like shape. I gave this to my mom as a Christmas present, and neither of us were sure what to put inside it. My grandma thought to put a fake succulent inside of it that would match part of the colors, since a real plant wouldn't be able to grow in this. I really love the way it turned out, and I think this piece is a nice addition to my portfolio.
For my surrealism piece I knew I wanted to do something with a dream catcher to represent the dreamlike state. I wanted to put it on an animal and originally I thought of a plain fox, but when I thought of the color scheme I wanted I decided to change it to an arctic fox instead. This piece was very time consuming, but I believe this one is my favorite piece I have done so far, and I love how it turned out.
Fun to Play with, Not to Eat
This piece is from art 2, and we made food out of clay. The name that immediately came to mind is the playdoh slogan because we made fake food. I wanted to make gummy bears, and I like the way the glaze turned out to make them look somewhat see through.
Jason Freeny is a sculpture artist who lives in New York and also designs toys. He likes to explore what the inside of classic toys and characters would look like with their unique structures. He has actually manufactured some toys based on his sculptures, and the sculptures are made out of clay I believe. Here is the link to his website: jasonfreeny.com/
I like his work because it is very unique, and I like the cartoon style of his sculptures. We had to do a project in art 1 where we created what we believed the skeleton of a character looked like. This was still just a drawing, but I really liked the idea. Seeing the same idea in sculptures is really cool, and I think it is a really neat thing to think about.
I chose to recreate the piece Raqqa II by Frank Philip Stella. This piece grabbed my attention immediately with all of the vibrant colors, and I thought that the unique shapes could combine in an interesting way for a sculpture. I wanted to isolate all of the individual shapes seen in the painting, and combine them in a way that would make a unique sculpture. I made a bunch of arches and shapes, and then figured out a way to combine them. Combining the pieces got increasingly difficult because the more I added the more intricate the shape became. To hold up some of the arches I had to use paper towels that would burn away in the kiln. Once it was fired I went through all of the glazes and selected the colors that were most similar to the painting. I didn't really consider how difficult painting each side a different color was going to be until I was in the process of doing it. I am currently finishing up painting a second coat of each color of glaze before putting it back into the kiln for a glaze firing.
I'm a little late on taking the in progress pictures for this project, but my object to art involved a lava lamp. I wanted to create an eel that could fit over the lava lamp to make the eel "electric," but the eel looks like a sock puppet now. Either way it's cute, and I like it. To make this I started with the base rolled around a PVC pipe, and then made coils up the rest of the way through the face. The eyes were attached separately. Then I went through and cut out the holes for the lava lamp, and traced where I wanted the spots to be. After going through the kiln I painted it, and the first picture is after the first glaze firing. After the glaze firing the blue came through a little splotchy, so I added another coat of the blue glaze. It went through the kiln for a second time with glaze, and then I was done!
I picked a lava lamp because I was trying to think of objects that I have laying around my house that I haven't used in forever, and I remembered that I have a lava lamp in my room that I haven't used in forever. I thought it could be cool to put something on the outside of the lava lamp to make it so the glowing part was on the inside of something. I thought of the eel because the lava lamp could make it "electric." I was torn between an eel and a jellyfish, but I figured that the shape of the eel would go better with the shape of the lava lamp.
Flavie Audi is a Lebanese artist who works in London. She was born in Paris, and in 2010 she graduated from the Architectural Association, RIBA Part II, London. In 2014 she graduated from the Royal College of Arts, MA ceramics and glass, London. She works with glass and stone, and she is widely known for her work with glass. You can visit her site by clicking here. I love the use of color and texture in her pieces, and I think that they all turn out very unique. They are very appealing for me to look at, and I was drawn to them as soon as I saw them on the website.
I didn't ever write a full on list of different ideas for my concentration. As soon as I saw that it had to be something that we were passionate about jump rope immediately came to my mind. A lot of my brainstorming was me texting you about what would work and what wouldn't, and I was really hoping that jump rope would work in some way for my concentration because I would say it is by far the thing that I am most passionate about in my life. Most of my brainstorming was thinking of ways to make a concentration out of jump rope because just saying jump rope was too generic. Eventually I thought of what I wanted to do. My concentration is things that I have learned/gotten from jump rope. I had to think of lots of things that I could use to base sculptures off of, and I think that two of my summer ones should actually count towards my concentration hopefully! I am really excited about my concentration, and I'm hoping to make some really cool sculptures involving it.