Sustainability. Hear or read that word and immediately what comes to mind there is green and trash made into art. But thanks to a semester of ECON 471 of economic development and sustainable growth, so much more comes to mind than just trash to treasures. A lot of my past work dealt with a high focus on craftsmanship and I think the most challenging part for me as a part of this class is to start with something used/discarded and making it sustainable again not because reduce, reuse, recycle but sustainable thought processes and growth (less economically and more creativity and spiritually).
I would like to push my artistic boundaries to go beyond the craft but also think about the material and the weight it already carries. I was presenting my artwork in a different class this semester to fresh opinions and I started to think about my attraction to structural lines as the ones I made in Ceramic Sculpture and also boxes and frames etc. I looked back and instead of seeing them as structural muscular lines with a feminine touch I thought of them as softer lines that are more intimate and approachable.
I want to push forth this boundary of hard and soft lines in my work to address why female politicians wear pantsuits or why no one takes me seriously when I shop in Home Depot with a dress. To think of the idea that artists can't do math and asian kids must be engineers. Or maybe just focus on the lines. I don't know. yet.
I still struggle with the idea before the work or letting work inform the idea. egg or chicken? or maybe idea-work-new,better idea. Who knows.
So here are some of the artwork that I have looked at, if anything interests you the artist names should show up as you click them. In a nutshell, I think that the materials I am considering are paper, metal, fabric and a dozen visits to Salvage this year.
There are infinite possibilities as to what we could do. If this homeless man can live out of a home in his pocket "Basic Home by Martin Azua, we can have a pop up art show anywhere we want!
Collaboratively I would imagine all of us to have such individual creations that together would be an amazing show, but what else can we do? Could we hide them in plain sight like Greame's work which I can't find now cause he work anonymously.
thinks and things
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