Friday, December 13, 2013

Melissa Zeise, Student Work, Gregor's Room

No tape or glue allowed for this assignment.  The "bed frame" made by a process of dipping white copy paper in coffee/tea, stacking and wrapping the saturated paper and then baking in the oven. 

Here is the "bed frame" after it has been baked.  
In addition to the coffee/tea stain, Winsor Newton ink has been applied to certain areas. 
Measures approx. 10" x 5" x 4"

My response to The Metamorphosis:
I love this story. The most interesting part of this story to me is the relationship between father and son. To me, I saw the father as having a hold on Gregor, which led me to create the bed as a symbol of the father- the head board representing the fingers of the father coming down and holding onto Gregor, trapping him in his bed. I felt that Gregor's transformation into a dung beetle was brought on by his father's business failure and his constant disappointment in Gregor. I also thought that Gregor's military background was an important element of the story because it made Gregor's life as a traveling salesman all the more discouraging and disappointing. As a lieutenant in the military, I can only imagine how humiliating it must have been for Gregor to come home from the war only to work in such a demanding and belittling job as a salesman. I included his military hat in a box representing Gregor's past, along with sales documents and cigarettes. Also to tie in the relationship between father and son, I added Gregor's dad's shiny, gold buttons to Gregor's wings to leave the mark of the father on Gregor's transformed state. The buttons also make Gregor seem somewhat human like- I purposely formed his wings like coat tails and included the buttons to show that he was still a human in a bug's body. I think Kafka's bizarre story is a tremendous insight on family relationships, personal pride, and the truth that we become what we perceive ourselves to be.  - Melissa Zeise

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