Friday, April 23, 2021

Dinner & A Movie, Student Work

Rachel Shafter

Grace Garlesky
Movie Inspiration: Florida Project (2107)

Kate Weathersby
Movie Inspiration: The Shining (1980)

Lindsey Williams
Movie Inspiration: The Shining (1980)

Carrington Boyd
Movie Inspiration: Kids (1995)


Thursday, April 8, 2021

Carrington Boyd, Student Work, 100 Objects


100 Objects, Student Work

Kate Weathersby
100 Pieces of Rope

Josh Kelly
100 Quarters

Sierra Burton
100 Plastic Babies

Raegan Wilmoth
100 Jingle Bells

Annie Hoffman
100 Straight Pins

Grace Garlesky
100 Pom-Poms

Judith Hubbard
100 Jingle Bells

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Bust Sculpture

Bust of Nefertiti
Limestone and stucco
19 inches tall
1345 BC, Ancient Egypt
1912, Discovered
Location - Egyptian Museum, Berlin

Was queen of the 18th Dynasty of Ancient Egypt. 
Name translation - Beautiful Woman has Come

Artist - Francis Harwood, English, 1726/27 - 1783
Sculpture dates 1758, Black Stone
27 1/2" x 19 3/4" x 10 1/2"

With noble bearing, this man proudly holds his chin high above his powerful chest. Sculptor Francis Harwood chose a black stone to reproduce the sitter's skin tone. Harwood also chose an unusual antique format for the bust, terminating it in a wide arc below the man's pectoral muscles. Harwood was familiar with antique sculptures from time spent in Florence reproducing and copying them. He may have deliberately used this elegant, rounded termination, which includes the entire, unclothed chest and shoulders, to evoke associations with ancient busts of notable men. Although the identity of the sitter is unknown, the scar on his face suggests that this is a portrait of a specific individual. This work may be one of the earliest sculpted portraits of a Black individual by a European.

Lady of Elche
1897, Discovered
Location - National Archaeological Museum, Madrid, Spain


Bust of Augustus
Marble, c. 25 BC
32" tall
Ceasar Augustus was the first Roman Emperor

Edmonia Lewis, African American and Native American, b. 1844, d. 1907

11 5/8" x 7 1/4" x 4 7/8"
Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC, USA

13 3/4" x 7 3/4" x 5 1/2 "
Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC, USA

Between 1866 and 1872, she completed a series of marble sculptures on the popular theme of Hiawatha and Minnehaha, drawn from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s epic poem The Song of Hiawatha (1855). This cabinet-sized bust and its pendant (2015.287.1) represent the star-crossed lovers from once-warring nations (Anishinaabe and Dakota), and blend an idealized treatment of form with Native American dress and accessories. - Metropolitan Museum of Art, source link above

The Song of Hiawatha

Link below to read poem.

Edmonia Lewis


Sunday, March 21, 2021

Katie Lederer, Student Work, Natural History of the Senses Assignment

Man Eater
Digital Collage

"The idea of cannibalism is so far from our ordinary lives that we can 
safely use the euphemism eat in a sexual context, say, and no one 
will think we mean literally consume"
A Natural History of the Senses, Diane Ackerman, p. 136

I thought it could be a little comical to have a woman literally eating a man.  The original photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt appears in a 1950's article on how to "eat spaghetti like a lady". I hope she is eating this man as ladylike as possible. 

Dinner Party

 "Humans rarely choose to dine in solitude." 
A Natural History of the Senses, Diane Ackerman, p. 128

The video documents me making an elaborate meal. In real time, the meal took over two hours to prepare. In the end, I'm the only one at the table.  More often than not, I will eat alone.  I find creating a fancier-than-necessary meal for myself is meditative process.  When I cook alone I do it as an act of love to myself, especially after a rough day.

Carrington Boyd, Student Work, Natural History of the Senses Assignment

Texture Quilt
Plastic, cotton fabric, paper, gauze, grip tape, cardboard, human hair, 
foil wrappers, facemask, wax coated paper, and thread
11"x 9"

"After all, our palette of feelings through touch is more elaborate than just hot, cold, pain, and pressure. Many touch receptors combine to produce what we call a twinge. Consider all the varieties of pain, irritation, abrasion; all the textures of lick, pat, wipe, fondle, knead; all the prickling, bruising, tingling, brushing, scratching, banging, fumbling, kissing, nudging."  Natural History of the Senses, Ackerman, page 80

Statement: This piece was mostly inspired by the complexity that surrounds the sense of touch. While temperature and pressure levels influence our reception of certain objects that we interact with, there are much more subtle details we pick up on, as Ackerman explains.  I wanted to create a piece which puts the level of sensitivity that the sense of touch possesses on display.  The piece features several different scraps of items including wad of hair taken from a hair brush, a piece of fabric from a cropped t-shirt, and the inside layer of a piece of cardboard. Additional items stitched together include a pop-tart wrapper and the seal from a container of cashews, both of which are foil, though have drastically different textures due to their sturdiness, a detail which is not necessarily detectable by sight, or any other sense aside from touch.  


Digital Collage

15"x 8"

"Language is steeped in metaphors of touch...In fencing, saying touché means that you have been touched by the foil and are conceding to your opponent, although, of course, we also say it when we think we have been foiled because someone's argumentative point is well made." Natural History of the Senses, Ackerman, page 70-71 

Statement: Linguistics and the origin of words is an interesting concept to me and I wanted to pair the meaning of the word touché with the origin of the word "touch".  The black and white simulated texture of crinkled foil speaks evokes memory of touch while creating a high contrast image.