Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Ana Garcia, Student Work


Play is such a valuable aspect of my work—making art is about having fun. If there is no fun to be had, then I'm not with it. If I'm honest, I'll admit that these three sculptures got away from me. They expanded, in every sense of the word, and became these obnoxiously and beautifully large and unrecognizable structures. They remind me of me; they remind me of growth; they remind me of the unknown. They were not meant to be what they are and yet they are unapologetically there.

I chose to portray focal point, scale, and repetition for my sculptures. The titles of the sculptures reflect a symbolic representation of women that embody the visual aesthetic of each. Penny is a Pendulum, with wide hips and a beautiful golden afro. Fiona is strong as wood and a pattern lover with flowing, straight hair. Barbara is pale as paper, with sweet curls that frame her face. They stand together, a sisterhood of mixed materials, all lovely in their nuances. 
Pendulum: 15 in L (including space within the pendulum / 3.5 in W / 17in H (at highest point)
Wooden Structure: 9.5 in L (12 including tape ends) / 6 in W / 11 in H
White paper top: 5 in L / 3.5 in W / 15 in H base (21 inches to top of paper) 
Balsa Wood, Wood Glue, Paper, Pins, Hot glue

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Van Eggers, Student Work, Memento

This is a well done piece. However, photos do not convey the vibrant colors or details. 
Make sure you take good photos - use photo studio with proper background and lighting. 

This piece commemorates one of the most significant experiences I had in my life. When I was sixteen I had the distinguished honor of defacing property with one of the most infamous graffiti writers in the midwest. I had been talking to this man for several months at my local skatepark -  oblivious to the fact that his alter ego was one any resident of milwaukee would be familiar with if they had ever driven down Highway 1 and seen the colorful scrawls covering local bridges and buildings. 

The three materials I used for this piece were:
 1. An old/used skateboard deck to signify where I had met the graffiti artist. 
2. A sticker that represents our similar interests.
3. A metal hinge to make the piece open and close. 

I cut the skateboard up in the wood shop. Pieces of the board were further cut and sanded. The final form is inspired by the shape of spray paint can. This piece reflects the common love of painting that we unknowingly shared for several months.