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.
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