I wanted to create something that was simple yet someone would know that it was intentional by looking at it. I started by going out in the freezing cold and I immediately saw a bush. This bush was beautiful with large leaves, so I plucked a few. I then went down by a stream in my back yard and picked up a rock that was sitting next to the water. I brought it back up to the leaves and I tried to make the leaves look as symmetrical as possible.
From that point, it got so cold that I just plopped the rock right on top. It looked quite interesting to me because if someone saw it I think they wouldn't think twice that it was intentional.
If I were to do this project again, I'd try to take more time on making my project. It would have looked ten times better than it did had I been able to persist through the cold weather.
Creating this piece helped me explore the use of styrofoam in artwork. Not only that, I developed an understanding about the reasoning behind why art is important.
For starters, I began by creating a plan on a lighthouse. This plan consisted of two swirls that rose up to the top of the two cups. The two spirals became one when I executed the original plan, simply to make the sculpture more sturdy.
Then, I began to cut around. While trying to harden the glue quicker, I noticed we were able to melt the cups with the hairdryer. I thought it was a neat idea, and it created organic shapes, so I wanted to incorporate that into my piece. I melted a scrap cup and it slowly turned into a dome-type shape. This became a great topper for the entire piece, so I plopped it on the top.
While doing this project, I realized something about the importance of art. According to one of the slides that showed us how to do the project, it stated that it takes nearly five-hundred years for styrofoam to decompose. So, instead of trashing the earth with unused styrofoam, we can create art that can be observed by many rather than to have it ignored somewhere in the ocean polluting our ecosystem. This art was consequential in my exploration of art because I now have a profound reason to continue creating bio-friendly art. It's like art for a special cause!
Our ideas for this work of art were original. I say this because it was completely abstract and the only plan we followed was from works we had previously created. This work was definitely creative because we used new mediums that we hadn't used before and we managed to use different techniques on this work. We basically just went with the flow.
My source for inspiration was the fact that we were able to use a different type of paint with little experience using that medium. These ideas happened by accident for the most part because we didn't intend on having a plan for this work of art and it all ended up falling into place.
I learned a new process while developing this work, as we used a different type of paint therefore we gained experience in using it. I do not believe I gained any experience with familiar materials.
When we made mistakes, we just painted right over them. In some cases, we were able to use that to our advantage since this was an abstract painting.
I find inspiration for most of my pieces from motivation to (slightly) change the world. My favorite pieces to create have the medium of recycled material. I often times prefer abstract art over any other form.