The last component of my final project – the exhibition event is now in the past. Below is video of my final reflection and images of the visitors feedback.
Now when the sculpture are ready and the booklets are created and the video is made it is time to make my final piece of work publicly engaged. I am preparing for an event to which very few are going to be invited and that is because the handmade nature of my project – I would like every visitor to have something with them when the event it over and the handmade booklets are limited numbers.
The video which is going to play inside the chest of the sculpture is now ready. The idea behind including a video was born after considering the safety options of having an open fire (candle) during an actual event. Thanks to the video the process of melting – which represent the process of creating – is captured and processed to show fragments to the visitors. It is short and it is going to be put on loop during the showcase.
Reviewing the finalising steps after the last tutorial has brought me to the moment now when I can share the complete look of each piece of my project. To begin with the booklet – once the design was approved the sheets were printed and I started to build them into books: resizing, cutting, folding each sheet and gluing them to one another. I also resized the encaustic cards I had already have and reshaped a hand painted silk scarf into several small samples. The next thing was to make the glass painting and the wood burned piece of art which took longer than expected. To complete the booklet I made a cover which was like a box and add small magnet to keep the close.
The handmade booklet is finally ready. I have been working on it for the past week figuring our the content, the design, and the crafts I would like to have in it.
Firstly, I changed the page assembling – instead of the casual page turning I decided to make it zig-zag folded so there are pages turning on the left side and on the right side as well. I also changed the first idea of horizontal to portrait orientation. The content is made of fragments which I chose reviewing my notes, highlight and audio files so it reflects the process of making and has some of the important, personally for me, points of it.
The research part of my practical project includes various information sources – books, articles, documentaries, artist vlogs, conference speeches, online courses… Some more valuable than other, however each had some kind of direct or indirect influence on myself, the process of learning and the process of making. Below is a reference list which I believe I will come back to in future as well.
The idea behind the booklet is to have something written which will give insights about the process of making of the sculpture (and not only the sculpture). I cannot imagine that booklet structured as academic piece of work like short dissertation or something, neither as personal journal of my daily/weekly tasks and accomplishments.
I’d rather imagined it like fragments, highlights which follow one after another, revealing my engagement more like the layers of a cabbage and not like linear story narrative. When I am writing usually I am trying to put my thought into complete sentences, but the truth is that most of the time I would just write a few words and dot, dot, dot.
The sculpture now is balanced and more I look at it more I think it expects me to figure out what should it hold in its hands. I was after something more generic so everyone would be able to recognise it and link it to the process of making; at the same time, I don’t want to make something too literal and I am not really convinced that it can be something which is going to be recognisable for everyone.
That’s it… for now!
I am partly done and I am going to stop working on my creation for a while.
I know it is not the best time to do so and I am also aware of my enthusiasm to finish it in less than a month. As often happens things shift and I should act upon real events instead of blindly following my idea and plan.
Reality must be affected and reflected upon accordingly, right?!
The most difficult part of building my sculpture was to balance it. I decided to make it of two parts – a base (the legs) and head and chest with hands which connect them with the legs. However, while making the wire armature and then applying the clay I wasn’t really able to figure out how much material and how to position it in order to make it stay by itself.
I thought that it is going to be enough just to stick the two parts with some extra clay. Is there a hidden meaning behind that? Probably. I don’t know. If I have to speak about myself I wouldn’t say I am balanced person, just the opposite – I am doubtful, my moods change with the speed of a flashlight, my life views could seem controversial and it is perfectly normal for me to be in a conflict with myself (actually only then I feel that I am accurately expressing what I think and feel).