Critique of Do-Ho Suh


Describe it

-I see a blue house that looks a bit transparent, like its made of plastic or glass

-It looks like there is something in the house, like a chandelier


Relate it

-This work reminds me of one of those small, miniature wood puzzles. The puzzle at the end would lead to a wooden house. This house reminds me of that because the shape is very similar. You would build it hoping for the end result of the same house


Analyse it

-The form/function/construction is a house

-The most interesting part about this work is that there is an object inside another object

-What was the purpose of this artwork? What did you have in mind prior to making the artwork?

Interpret it

-I’m not that great nor creative with titles, but I think I would give it “dfsd sd”

-Considering his quote “no man is an island”, we could say the same that “no house is an island”


Evaluate it

-I think this work is very successful if I had the same goal in mind as his

-I really like the goal he had in mind

-It is not very relevant to my life today

Inspired by object

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My object was a pencil case because when I was younger, I loved collecting pencil cases. I was inspired to make my pot feel like my old pencil cases. They had a bunch of pen and ink marks, so I decided to transfer idea to my pot.

To be perfectly honest, I thought I could have included more of a pencil case shape design to this. Besides the glazing designs, there aren’t as many connections to my object as I would have liked.

I am proud of the form overall, I’m glad my pot didn’t start breaking at the end.

Candy Chang

Candy Chang used basic materials for her piece of art. She used, an abandoned house, chalk, a giant chalkboard, and most importantly, people.

Candy use people to complete her art. She makes the base, while the neighbourhood population completes it. She uses different languages according to the country she places her art in. She makes sure that all kinds of people around the world can understand and finish her art.

When Candy started her project, she was upset over a loss of a friend. I think Candy started this project because she feels that her friend did not get do something she always wanted to before she died or that her friend could have accomplished so much more, but she died. She is curious to see what others feel, and what they want to do before they die.

I think her work was very successful. I think she inspired others to do what they want to do before they die. The sad truth is that anyone can die at any given moment, with or without completing what they always wanted do.


Sarah Sze

Sarah Sze uses everyday materials, like the things we eat and use on a daily basis, to construct a random piece of art. She goes into her project with no plan but to improvise everything.



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Unlike Sarah Sze, in sculpture class, we do some research before going into a project. For example, for our cardboard tower project, our teams look through some towers around the world in order to take some inspiration and put it into our own project. However, I would say all art is improvised. We take the inspiration that we find and we improvise with it to create our own art.

I think Sze’s work is really inspiring. Being able to think of these ideas by just looking through everyday items is pretty inspiring and it is something I hope to have the inspiration for. I would call this art. Sze described her art as the spectator venturing into her very own art studio and seeing a live performance, as if watching a sports game. She has the same process as a painter with a plan.


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2) Our inspiration came from the Big Ben itself. My group and I wanted to make a clock tower (form) with the function as showing the time.

3) As a real tower, I think this would be an effective tower. Our tower is only a prototype so the clock hands do not work. If this were a real tower, we would use gears and motors to make the clock hands turn according to the appropriate time. The citizens would use our tower for the time. I would put our tower in the middle of a bustling capital city, such as London, New York, etc.

4) I think our group worked well together. We tried to incorporate everyone’s ideas into one tower. However, we ran into conflict when paining. With 3 people crowded around one tower, sometimes the atmosphere got chaotic. I think we should have coordinated ourselves around one area of the tower, and notify the others when we were done so we could coordinate ourselves to other jobs.

Sculpture Self-Evaluation

1) One sculpture project I am proud of is the cardboard tower project. I enjoyed working on this project with fellow peers that I do  not usually work with. I am proud of how the tower turned out, and I think we followed our blueprints accurately. We all contributed our ideas to make a good tower.

2) I have definitely gained a better understanding about 3D art. Before coming into this class, I did not know about relief art. I did not know there were artists that make relief art. I liked looking through the high and low relief art, and I got many ideas for my own wood relief project. I got to understand different forms, and how different forms could change the function of the tower.

3) One area of improvement I need is my precision and patience. I know that art needs a lot of patience; the patience I do not have. My wood relief project looks kind of rushed, and I think I need to slow down more and concentrate on the precision.

4) Some work habits I think I have developed are “Interacts Well” and “Contributes”. Without my contribution to the cardboard tower project, I do not think my group’s tower would be successful, and without our interaction, we would not have had fun making the tower.

Wood Relief Unit Reflection

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My first carving is significant to me because it reminds me of my last day in Canada before moving to Hong Kong. I did want to go up the ski hill one last time because I was tired, but when I was forced by my friend, I saw a beautiful sunset that I had never witnessed before. This memory is pretty memorable to me. I painted it blue and with white streaks to remind me of the snow on my last day. It was a cool, snowy, and windy day. I tried to add snowflakes to enhance the effect, but I really do not think I should have done that. The border looks unnatural, and it takes the attention away from the text. Overall, I could have done a lot better.

My second carving talks about how some people would try anything to make themselves look “pretty”. I really do not support that. I think people should just be themselves and not worry about becoming prettier. I painted it black to give it a mysterious look, because it is still a mystery to me why people do this. The text is in the box, because I thought that if I put it outside, it would not look natural and original. I also added texture onto the bow to give it a stripe effect. To this date, I am still not sure why I added the white in the middle. To improve, I would take my time with carving and try to be more careful.


Relief Sculpture

Relief Sculpture gives the viewer an impression that the sculpture has been raised above the material, looking 3D.  Relief Sculpture can either be high or low, which determines how much the forms and figures stand out from the background.

High Relief Sculpture is a sculpture with forms and figures that stand out from the background to half or more than half of their natural depth.

Lower Relief Sculpture is a sculpture with forms and figures that stand out slightly from the background.