Final Pot

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The starting point of this sculpture was from a greek vase that looked like: url

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I changed the design a bit by making the bit going out smaller and the part going back in bigger. The research on Greek/Chinese pottery really helped because when we first started this project, I had no idea about what I was going to do.

I think the bow was pretty much my only own idea. I’m really proud of it because I was never one to sculpt realistic objects, but it turned out quite well.

I think that pottery a relevant form of art today. However, there aren’t as many old fashioned pots now, usually people make pots that are shaped like objects, for example:

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As I mentioned earlier, I based my pot off greek pots. I think that my pot is an imitation because I didn’t really put MY view of how I saw the pot. I kind of just copied the design of the pot, making some minor changes and adding the bow feature.

If I could do something to change my work, I would definitely make the pot more symmetrical. The fact that it is not symmetrical just bothers me. I would also make sure that my pot is blended much smoother, because it’s quite rough.

 

Ceramic Lantern

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This is the lantern I made and it’s based off my “version” of Totoro, which is a character from a japanese anime movie. We first started off making the main structure. This was where we used a small cylinder container and covered it with newspaper. Then, we made a pinky-thick flat circle that was slightly bigger than the container and used that as the base. After that, we used slabs and made the sides, the container acting as support. We used the scratch and slip method to blend all the pieces together. Finally, we started to design the lantern. At first, I was really clueless as to what I was going to make and I settled with making a cat. However, I changed my mind and decided to make Totoro instead.

In my opinion, the most important aspects of creating my lantern was the positive and negative areas because those were the areas that the light would be shining out of. It affected my whole piece if I used a negative space in certain places, so I first planned what features would be positive or negative. I tended to put negative spaces along the top and positive spaces along the bottom, so you wouldn’t be able to see the candle, but rather the candlelight, which, in my opinion, gives off a fancier effect. However, this is only because of the way I designed the lantern, sometimes there’s an opening at the bottom of the candle that compliments the design and I think it looks really cool, but my design would look quite strange with small negative spaces at the bottom.

 

Shadow Box

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The story behind my shadow box is like if Hong Kong faced corruption. The buildings are run-down and the ships are sinking. Overall, it’s just a depressing scene. However, to me, it sort of gives off a want to really cherish what we have now and to not take it for granted.

When I compare my shadow box with Hari & Deepti’s shadow box, I definitely think the biggest difference is that Hari & Deepti’s box is a lot more detailed. All the dots for the tentacles and the way the lights come specifically in the window makes the octopus stand out so much. While on the other hand, my box doesn’t just highlight one area, it’s spread out. A similarities is that the light and paper placings are really thought out. For example, I put the sinking ship where I thought it would be most illuminated. Another similarity is that all the pieces are somehow related to the scene. The pieces all help show a different part of the scene, whether it be a minor or major detail.

I think some achievements from the shadow box are how the placement of each piece compliments the whole box. I tried to make all the pieces show a mini story, and I think it worked. I feel like I should’ve made more broken buildings and a more dramatic appearance. It seems as if after a while, the shadow box gets a bit boring and doesn’t show a strong message. So next time, i’m going to try to deliver a stronger message.

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Cardboard Sculpture

Josef and I made a cardboard arcade. (Pictures below)

Josef was actually the one who thought of making an old-fashioned arcade, but I thought it was pretty cool. So we sketched something out and started to cut the box. We made the game Tetris in the arcade instead of pac-man, since pac-man would’ve taken too long. We also wrote “Hi-Score!” instead of “High-Score” because we were rushing. We also added icons of pac-man, Tetris, and Space Invaders so you can change the No major changes.

Working with glue made everything a lot easier since we didn’t have to look for ways to attach the pieces. This restriction was definitely a hindrance to achieving our goals.

I think that Josef and I worked pretty well together. We never had any disagreements about the sculpture or anything really. I think we could have talked about what we were going to do more because at first, I was kind of confused about what we were going to do.

Pictures of the Cardboard Sculpture:

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Sarah Sze: “Improvisation” Research

Sarah Sze’s Video

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       She wants her work to be something that experiences something alive. You can tell that the decisions happening on sight. The spontaneousness of the art is what makes it interesting for the artist and for the viewer. She takes a lot of time conceptualising and thinking over her work. So us as viewers never have an idea of what is going to happen until it happens and that is what makes it interesting.

Josef and I’s art project was similar to Sarah’s process because we never really knew what we would do next. The idea just kind of came to our mind and we made our sculpture on the spot.

I personally think Sarah’s work is awesome. I love her concept of just doing things as you think of them. I would definitely call Sarah’s work art.

 

Forms and Function Vocabulary

Representational:

To relate to or indicate art which aims to represent the physical appearance of things. The contrast of abstract.

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Abstract:

Relating to or indicating art that does not represent reality, but instead achieves it’s effects using shapes, colours, and textures.

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Non-representational:

(of a style of art) not based on accurately representing the physical appearance of things. No reference to anything in the natural world.

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