Learning The Ropes

the flip side

Seeing that this is my first post, I am still learning the ropes and hopefully I will get better as I continue to write. I am extremely excited to be able to share my experiences and projects in the art world as I continue to grow as an artist.

Since my major is sculpture, I thought it would be a good idea to write about the first piece that I made for my Sculpture I class. The goal of this assignment was to use balance, contrasting colors, negative space and dimension. The sculpture also had to be abstract, three dimensional from every angle and completely made out of wood, with the exception of hot glue to hold it together.

The struggle I had with this assignment was being able to make it 3 dimensional from every angle. I was able to make it dimensional looking at the front and back but coming up with a way to make the piece 3D from the sides took a while to figure out. After a while of just sitting there and staring at it, I came up with the idea to cut a wooden dowel into pieces and encircle the whole sculpture. By doing this it gives the 3D effect from all angles without being cluttered. The last challenge I had to face was painting it. When I was done putting the piece together it was two and a half feet tall with a base of ten inches by ten inches. Placing the contrasting colors on the piece was a challenge but after a lot of thought and painting it turned out pretty well.

What I like about this piece is that it is balance, not exactly mirrored but flipped. I think that’s why naming this sculpture The Flip Side was appropriate. A lot of people told me that it reminded them of colorful seaweed and others said it was very “70s”. Either way I was happy with the final product and I am hoping that it will be put in the Foundations Art Show.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.