Hello! It has been a helluva week but we are all trying to wrap up this semester the best we can. I have had some highs and lows this semester but I think I am most proud of my Mixed Media class work. I have some work to do on my photography skills but here are some photos from my end of semester display. I am very proud of my work of these figures and I look forward to making more in to future.

Below is my artist statement for this collection – I had a lot of thoughts about this project and I’m not sure I really put all of them into words but I will work to express myself more thoroughly in the future–

For this series, I challenged myself to make art that was purely a means of personal expression.  In past semesters, it was a struggle to connect myself to my art.  In some capacity, it feels useless or selfish to make art that only I could relate to or care about.  I knew I wanted to make more of the figures I had begun to collect but I was worried from the start about time.  To push myself further into my own creative space, I started with my own intellectual property, as it were.  I had been tasked with writing summaries for my own stories for my illustration classes and had an array of characters to choose from.  The limitation of five pieces lent itself nicely to two sets of two characters and a solo character.  I chose my three favorite stories, either for how long I have been writing them or how visually interesting I felt they would be, and the characters became easy to select from there.

My material choice was a given once I decided to create my figures.  The previous ones had been made of metal, wire, cardboard, textile pieces, and even glass.  My goal for the semester then became elevating these materials.  I allowed my first figures to be made from older techniques and began to implement new constructions as the series progressed; crude wire bones were replaced by RC helicopter parts, and cardboard or oven-bake clay heads were superseded by ceramic and metal masks and faces.

Arthur- Arthur is part of the first set in the series, a mediocre writer, and the most rudimentary of the figures in terms of outdated design.  His figure most closely resembles my earliest dolls but after several iterations his face begins to show progress with a metal mask.  His costuming is the first example of miniature pattern work in my portfolio.  Aesthetically, he is largely autobiographical and his composition is largely found materials based on my own clothing.  I would be proud to display his alone though, narratively, he and Rust are too codependent to be apart.

Rust”-  Arthur is haunted by Rust, a physical manifestation of the main character of Arthor’s failed novel.  In original drafts of the story, Rust bore the scars of a horror anthology, cuts, burns, gunshot wounds, but in this three-dimensional rendering of the figure, that concept was realized in mismatched parts (though his head and beard are still singed and he is an amputee).  While I typically oppose the destruction of a book, a was gifted a copy of Ann Coulter’s Treason, who’s binding and the printed Lorem Ipsum within made for excellent raw materials.  His arms are made from wire pulled from the rewiring of my new home and a dowel from school I found pretty.  His legs have been sanded and tattooed (designs I have tattooed on myself, less the text on the upper leg, which is the Portuguese translation of my own French tattoo) and the spent needles have been fashioned into a peg leg.  He ultimately became my favorite construction of the series for his sturdiness and personal ties.

Dillon “the Rig” Cortoyer, Esq.-  Dillon is a solo figure who gained the moniker, “The Rig,” after his heavy, three-dimensional construction.  Dillion Cortoyer is a hell-based attorney, specializing in Royal law and while important, is also a cog in a larger machine.  His “rig” started with found materials that resembled train track parts- heavy, worn wood, chain, and metal pins.  His arms are still reminiscent of my old figures but begin to look more polished with sleeker joints and cut metal hands, all of which becomes a unifying element in the series.  I would have liked to have thought to have given him more story driven props sooner in the building process- narratively the character would have benefited from his briefcase and and endless cascade the legal documents.

Gwen– Gwen is my take on the heroine of the Wolf-Man story in my own dark-comedy/horror.  She is disappointingly generic in many ways and her poor character development shows in her build.  Weak illusions to a Red Riding Hood character of sorts conflict with the young wife in my story.  Crippled by the metaphorical, her color palette and costuming clash with the rest of the set.  

Lon– Named for Lon Chaney Jr., Lon is the first attempt at construction for a perfect Wolf-Man figure.  Lon is a young man in a failing marriage to the woman of his dreams- he is thin, tired, overworked, with an off-putting personality.  He is attacked by a creature that quickly spells the end of his relationship (and his wife’s life).  The materials became more important for this build- selecting actual silver for werewolf character seemed appropriate and I was careful to select finer suit fabrics.  There was a clear narrative vision for this character that I will be enthusiastic to improve physically though I believe I was successful in evoking the image of a business casual werewolf.

While there are some minor things I would reconsider, I am happy overall with the aesthetic impact of my series.  Especially in the context of a clean white gallery, the found materials have a vaguely junkie quality to them.  This series has helped me to justify why I like to keep my materials raw and a bit janky- collectively the pieces look overgrown, like a ruin you would have to explore to appreciate.  I like my muted colors, and I’m finding them more satisfying in my three-dimensional work then in my painting and illustrations.  I’m proud of my work this semester because I wasn’t confident I’d finish one of these figures let alone have a complete set.  I have definitely learned lessons in time management but more importantly in setting reasonable expectations of myself.  

Tumnus Moran Set Two

What’s Playing– Well… *sigh* I left this one open to my mother for Mother’s Day… I suppose to some degree she didn’t disappoint but when asked what song she wanted to listen to on, eh, Mother’s Day, she picked Pepper by the Butthole Surfers… Gotta love her…

2 thoughts on “Finals!

  1. Thank you so much for sharing this! Myself and a friend viewed the gallery before the end of the school year and thought these pieces were so intriguing and beautiful, and it’s so cool to hear the story behind them.

    1. Thank you very much! I’m glad you and your friends were able to stop by the gallery. This was a very rewarding project and it was especially exciting to be able to share it in person. I was proud to have my work shown with so many beautiful pieces; our Mixed Media class this semester was top-notch!

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